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- noun separating something into fine particles.
- noun annihilation by reducing something to atoms.
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- noun separating something into fine particles
- noun annihilation by reducing something to atoms
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Theoretically, at least, it could be argued that this would result in what we might call the atomisation of a whole variety of things, including responses to social process.
I commented before that I thought Rufus Pollock's use of the term "atomisation" in the context of open content didn't quite capture what he was after, so I was pleased to find that he's done some more work on the concept and come up with the following interesting refinements:
"atomisation" of society, breaking down natural bonds of duty and responsibility between individuals and replacing them with a reliance on the state.
With the increasing atomisation of society into isolation through modern technology, to work in a room full of others, sitting with their stories too, can be far more spiritually enriching.
The article calls it pulverisation, which has a similar meaning to atomisation but can also commonly mean grinding or pounding, as in food preparation when one pulverises grains, herbs, or meat.
That sense of atomisation is at the novel's absent centre, around which orbit its fleeting, appealing and painful observations on the temporary permanence of our lives.
The atomisation of society and the fraying of collective bonds of family and community are much bemoaned.
Quite the contrary, our problem is partly one of the total atomisation of society into a million unrelated, mutually alien fragments.
The logical conclusion of skin melanin content matching, religion-matching and 'culture'-matching, in a supposedly multicultural, multi-ethnic society is social breakdown and further, state-enforced atomisation.
Part of the problem is the atomisation of our society into individuals unable to speak freely for not knowing whether our listeners will be of that mould liable to denounce us as "racists".