Book Note: Persuasion and Rhetoric by Carlo Michelstaedter #7

Modernity being, by definition, a network of mutual imbrication that uses economic means to cocoon everyone into illusory forms of security, the implication is that the present age cannot help but be "the reign of rhetoric." 

It would be difficult to locate a recent moment in history when this became the case. What thinkers often seem too mean when they say 'modernity' is no more than a specific way of life, common, but not by necessity unilateral or contemporaneous with a specific time.