Tuesday, September 27, 2011

MoMday Night Seminar 24: Available for FREE Download

McLuhan on Maui 2011 MoMday night Seminar 24. Sept 19, 2011. Available for FREE download here.

Brief outline of themes and topics as they were TWEETED in [sur]real time:
MoM NOW: We're at the 2hr mark. Recording is now at end. See you all next week. THANK YOU. @Bob Dobbs was on form

MoM NOW: Kroker technologizes the simple sense of seeing, shows the fractal is superseded by anamorphosis...Ion as anamorphic phenomenon
MoM NOW: [themes under discussion] The telematic matrix and the neo-medievalism for the new age, theme parks, the hysterical male
MoM NOW: p. 142 (again)...Combinatorial politics for the network body and the Clinton hologram [exploring Kroker's language for the 90s]
MoM NOW: Taking it back to basics... what does it mean to question technology (going to Heidegger) and then back into Kroker.
MoM NOW: Images of convulsion in the media net, .TIFF psychology, Tiff personalities, virtual personalities (para-modernist psychology)
MoM NOW: Adobe Photoshop optics (in the 90s), Kroker's def of the virtual, the virtual elite[Kroker's Gibson-esque vocab] See @GreatDismal
MoM NOW: Spasm, the hysterical male, the possessed individual, Marilouise Kroker, ...[and a voice intrudes]
MoM NOW: @robbwindow are you listening in? When are you getting in there with your questions and insights
MoM NOW: The legacy of culture the the grievance of 70's-90s literate feminists, Madonna and the post-feminist 80s, the slowness of academia
@spell says 'Munton' could be Mun ton, Mun-ton, Mutton, Minting, Mountain, Mounting, Munition, Mouton, Monotone or Monotony.
MoM NOW: McLuhan and Tom Wolfe (who never got it?), But how come that Kroker never taught McLuhan? Darkmatter's rage at Kroker

[TWITTER is/was currently overloaded so the recovery of [ssur]real time TWEETS of this session have not been recovered]

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Did Orwell really pursue media studies after he reevaluated the work of Wyndham Lewis? Is Newspeak a new medium?

I may be mistaken, as I more familiar with Orwell’s output during the late 40s and not so about the earlier periods, but I doubt that Lewis has anything to do with this. I am not even sure that Orwell’s work could qualify as media studies.

When Orwell turned his gunsights to propaganda in the mid-30s and to English as (misused) mass medium in the mid-40s, his analyses were of the prescriptive type. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, T.S. Eliot were often quoted with mixed opinion during that period. but by the time he started to work on 1984 (1946?), Lewis is no longer mentioned in his essays and recensions. His interests shifted to language and authoritarian regimes.

I think that Orwell’s inclination to go for a fight against intellectuals really prevented him to enter into media studies. Of Finnegans Wake, Orwell said “one can suspend judgment; in fifteen years it will be either intelligible or forgotten” (Review of James Joyce by Harry Levin, Manchester Evening News, 2 March 1944). Of Practical Criticism, he recommended the book “for anyone who wants a good laugh” (As I Please 23, Tribune, 5 May 1944). To name a few of the books and authors that McLuhan praised.

On the other hand Orwell was very familiar with the work of C.K. Ogden on Basic English, of which, for quite obvious reasons, I.A. Richards was a great supporter. Orwell has been commissioned by the BBC to develop a radio programme in BA during the war and as a result he was probably conscious of the effects of text translation, even when doing so in a familiar language.

Some people think that Orwell turned against Basic English and universal languages after the war. Some others argue instead that he simply “drew on his knowledge of Ogden’s universal language to forecast the dangers to unorthodox thought posed by language control.” (Modernist Heresies, Damon Franke, Ohio State University Press, 2008. This book also contains an interesting piece about Ogden’s own attempt to translate Finnigans Wake into BA and how Joyce transformed his text in response to Ogden’s work.)