Boredom, Self, and Culture
This study in social and cultural history argues that what the author identifies as "hyperboredom"--the sense that all possibilities are equally valueless--has grown into a major cultural force as a result of the abandonment of traditional sources of meaning.
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The Third Boredom
The Nature of Hyperboredom
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