…at least, that’s the theory

Superficial nonconformism, on the other hand, leaves our rational structures indifferent. Questions of oral action and of physical appearance are increasingly irrelevant; they are categorized either as justified self-expression or conversely as suitable subjects for agitated public debate. In either case they are harmless vents. With this victory of nonsubstantive nonconformism, the citizen-expert becomes a schizophrenic – docile, diligent and controlling within his box; once out of it, as relaxed and original as possible, sometimes argumentative, sometimes fun loving and inevitably in search of happiness.

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