New Terms for New Sensations

Douglas Coupland, writing for the Independent, offers a list of definitions of new terms to describe the present moment, as none of the existing ones will quite do.

Airport-Induced Identity Dysphoria: Describes the extent to which modern travel strips the traveller of just enough sense of identity so as to create a need to purchase stickers and gift knick-knacks that bolster their sense of slightly eroded personhood: flags of the world, family crests, school and university merchandise.

Cloud Blindness: The inability of some people to see faces or shapes in clouds.

Crystallographic Money Theory: The hypothesis that money is a crystallization or condensation of time and free will, the two characteristics that separate humans from other species.

Frankentime: What time feels like when you realise that most of your life is spent working with and around a computer and the internet.

Ikeasis: The desire in daily life and consumer life to cling to “generically” designed objects. This need for clear, unconfusing forms is a means of simplifying life amid an onslaught of information.

Coupland’s new novel, Player One, is due out October 7th.

New Terms for New Sensations [The Independent]

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