As I have been writing a lot about Bauman's concept of a liquid modernity (referring our lived realities of being permanently impermanent, completely incomplete, and living in a state of constant change), let me add some phrases from vastly different literatures that equally capture the water-like characteristics of the contemporary human condition.

First of all, I am reminded of Manuel Castells' idea of "spaces of flows" (constituting networks of ideas, information, and communication) that dominate the global economy yet do not necessarily ever materialize - or less so than John Urry's "global fluids" (defined as the uneven, unavoidable yet unpredictable mobilities of people, information, objects, and money across the world).

I could also consider Peter Vaill's management strategy to cope with a situation of "permanent whitewater", as well as the quantum mechanical concept of superfluidity, indicating the condition of 'ideal' fluids as having absolutely no resistance to any kind of inhibitors to flowing freely - which arguably is the mindset or survival capability increasingly expected of all of us...

But - is this new? Haven't earlier thinkers in history equally coined their time and place in a context of constant change, experiencing a Hegelian reorganization upon reorganization? Something is new about this - perhaps as it affects everyone (and not just a relatively small intellectual, political, and economical elite), or because it seems to affect the 'multitude' more so than the nation-bound elite - and it does so in a way that undermines the fundamental resources of power of that elite, namely its ability to control the participation in public discourse. If anything, the power to manage how the contemporary human condition gets meaning is diffusing, dissolving, flowing - it has become liquid (but not yet superfluid).