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Akiko Busch: How to Disappear


Mon Apr 19, 2021
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
60 mins

In our 21st century world of digital detoxes and screen-time limiting apps, there is wide recognition that our inability to unplug, quiet down and connect on a human level has been radically changed in ways that are as damaging as the tools that technology offers are freeing. Today, we are relentlessly encouraged, even conditioned, to reveal, share, and promote ourselves. And as writer Akiko Busch notes in her deeply moving and thoughtful book, the pressure to be public comes not just from our peers, but from vast and pervasive technology companies that want to profit from patterns in our behaviour. In How to Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a Time of Transparency, Busch offers an antidote to the buzzing tendency to make ourselves seen through our carefully crafted feeds, filtered, slicked down, and smiling wide. A lifelong student and observer of the natural world, Busch sets out to explore her own uneasiness with this arrangement, and what she senses is a widespread desire for a less scrutinized way of life?for invisibility. Writing in rich painterly detail about her own life, her family, and some of the world's most exotic and remote places, she savours the pleasures of being unseen.

Akiko Busch talks with CBC Producer, book columnist and writer, Tara Henley (Lean Out) about How to Disappear and how we can aim to overturn the dangerous modern assumption that somehow fame and visibility equate to success and happiness.

About this event's guests:

Akiko Busch
Tara Henley


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