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The irony of that danger is that it comes through values such as disburdenment, which, as Borgmann shows throughout his work, is a staple of the cultural pattern.
If we can see the patterns of the fog--the human desire for comfort connecting to the sense and relief of disburdenment, the separation of machinery from commodity, the way commodities keep us from more social engagements, the pattern's unquestionable ubiquity and logic--we can begin to make our way through the fog to a focal practice.
dissertation on "Engagement and Disburdenment") aptly complements Sohnya Sayres's Susan Sontag: The Elegiac Modernist (1990; see WLT 65:2, p.