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1 Karim Gres Karim Expository Writing Paper 3 The modern world has vastly expanded and been modified with advances in technology, creating a sense of estrangement, which has also been contributed to from the external environment. It has drastically been altered into a society of uniformity and homogeneity. In his essay, “The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses,” Juhani Pallasmaa explains how modern architecture displays itself as generic while promoting a sense of estrangement and detachment from the world. Pallasmaa also explains the dependence that society has on the sense of vision, making it the most commonly used sense, isolating the other senses. In addition, Nicholas Carr explains in his essay, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” how modern technology promotes a sense of estrangement with its reliance on the sense of vision, as well. Furthermore, Malcolm Gladwell, in “The Power of Context: Bernie Goetz and the Rise and Fall of New York City Crime,” explains how the sense of “self” is lost through the external environment and stereotypes are made based on the sense of vision. In order for one to maintain a sense of personal identity in a world where the self is estranged and detached, one must not contribute to the ocular- centric dominated world by using all five senses, rely less on the technology that is available to society and build a sense of unique character to stand out. In order to be humane and less generic than the world, one must take advantage of the privileges that they are given and those they obtain. The five senses are a quality that every human being in the world has, but the manner in which a person uses them makes
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2 him/her more unique. The loss of identity comes from the lack of the senses. According to Pallasmaa, “We urgently need a diagnosis of the psychosocial pathology of everyday seeing- and a critical understanding of ourselves, as visionary beings” (Pallasmaa, 284). The pathology of today’s culture can be seen through the ocular bias of our society. People see and believe, critique, and stereotype. These critiques have resulted from an instant visual image, instead of touching, smelling and hearing. For instance, people rely on first impressions, which strictly depend on the sense of vision to judge, and they decide how to communicate with people. The first impression is given by the sense of vision, isolating the other senses. If one were to meet someone and exchange words with
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