Camus Essays Online

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Camus goes on to explain “this incalculable tumble before the image of what we are, this ‘nausea’”—a vision of the inherently absurd. We walk around in invisible, digital booths of our own making, hidden to others in plain sight, performing our communications with the rest of the world: standing at the streetcorner, staring down at a phone; walking down the street, staring down at a phone; talking to someone nearby while fumbling, staring down at a phone. The now-typical and ubiquitous technological innovations of the 21 century have simultaneously transformed and amplified the most basic principles of the absurd.We have all become Sisyphus, pushing our rocks up a hill littered with hyperlinks and tweets, perpetually, futilely, refreshing the page of existence.But is this a revolution of kind, or merely of volume and opportunity?

Camus goes on to explain “this incalculable tumble before the image of what we are, this ‘nausea’”—a vision of the inherently absurd. We walk around in invisible, digital booths of our own making, hidden to others in plain sight, performing our communications with the rest of the world: standing at the streetcorner, staring down at a phone; walking down the street, staring down at a phone; talking to someone nearby while fumbling, staring down at a phone. The now-typical and ubiquitous technological innovations of the 21 century have simultaneously transformed and amplified the most basic principles of the absurd.We have all become Sisyphus, pushing our rocks up a hill littered with hyperlinks and tweets, perpetually, futilely, refreshing the page of existence.But is this a revolution of kind, or merely of volume and opportunity?

So we remain, posting, scrolling the newsfeed, curating the timeline—our “freedom” inheres in the Internet’s absence of moral proscription, it’s rejection of codes.

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Where would his torture be, indeed, if at every step the hope of succeeding upheld him?

The workman of today works every day in his life at the same tasks, and this fate is no less absurd.

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