5️⃣ The society of singularities (Reckwitz)

= a societal theory, stating that late modern society is mainly shaped by singularities, and not general logic.

Core statements

  • Concept of singularities
  • Performative authenticity: authenticity through singularity
  • Universal network → reduced to singular cutout (bubble)


  • Digital segmentation of the individual
  • Weakening of the general public, caused by many parallel filter bubbles
  • Strong temporality of the moment
  • Focus on the extreme

Effects on cultural products

  1. Cultural products → procedural/recombined
  2. Culture product overproduction → diminished attention
  3. Role of the creator & consumer → generalized
  4. De-hierachization of culture products