Tale-Yax and Genovese

This article (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/26/nyregion/26homeless.html?_r=2&) illustrates a prime example of the modern human’s indifference towards other people. In reading this article, I was reminded of the case of Kitty Genovese, and how it became clear to those nearby that someone was in grave danger, but still did not choose to help her. Although some of the urban […]

The Bystander Effect and Simmel’s Blasé Attitude

The first thing that went through my head when reading the article was the bystander effect, which is when individuals do not offer help due to the assumption that someone eventually will. The probability of help is related to the number of bystanders. I would argue as to say that’s the reason no one cared. […]

Simmel: The modern man

I. Review of the Readings Exchange Value is a purely subjective construct. Individuals operate within a reciprocal relationship of “sacrifice and gain,” a dualism that ponders what do I receive if I give up some specific quality? This relationship of giving and taking is the act of exchange, particularly for the sake of “gaining more […]

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