“This is what the contemporary self wants. It wants to be recognized, wants to be connected: It wants to be visible,” writes scholar William Deresiewicz in the Chronicle Review article, The End of Solitude.

“If not to the millions, on Survivor or Oprah, then to the hundreds, on Twitter or Facebook. This is the quality that validates us, this is how we become real to ourselves — by being seen by others. The great contemporary terror is anonymity.”

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