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The Alchemy of Angst

In a world smothered by information but lacking wisdom, anger, born of pain, has become the defining emotion. The false promise of twenty-first-century digital technologies has been laid bare, leaving people desperate for meaningful human connection and a sense of political agency.

LONDON – Ours is the Age of Angst. It is an era of anger, apprehension, fear, confusion, division, polarization, and an increasing distrust in and disdain for institutions. Thanks to the proliferation of digital technologies, we are both spectators and gladiators. We can switch roles in the blink of an eye, whizzing back and forth between the audience seats and the dry, dusty arena.