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On Insignificance
The Loss of Meaning in the Post-Material Age

ISBN 9781138618305
Published November 11, 2019 by Routledge
246 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Focusing on the anthropological consequences of the disappearing of materiality and sensory embodiment, On Insignificance highlights some of the most perturbing patterns of insignificance that have seeped into our everyday lives. Seeking to explain the semiotic causes of feelings of meaninglessness, Leone posits that caring for the singularities of the world is the most viable way to resist the alienating effects of the digital bureaucratization of meaning. The book will be of interest to scholars of anthropology, cultural studies, semiotics, aesthetics, communication studies, and social theory.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Significance of Insignificance

1. Framing Insignificance: A Semiotic Typology of Meaningless

2. Trolling Insignificance: Disrupting the Digital Public Discourse

3. Contrarian Insignificance: Wars of Position in the Digitial Arena

4. Picturing Insignificance: The Utopia of Digital Perfection

5. Shopping Insignificance: Post-Material Temples

6. Assembling Insignificance: Post-Material Crowds

7. Eating Insignificance: Post-Material Meals

8. Recovering Significance: The Value of Singularity

9. Negotiating Significance: The Value of Compromise

10. Sharing Insignificance: the Value of Common Sense

11. Courting Significance: The Value of Interpretation

12. Conclusions: the Clash of Semiotic Civilizations

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Massimo Leone is Full Professor of Cultural Semiotics at the University of Turin, Italy, and a Visiting Full Professor of Semiotics at Shanghai University, China.