Friday, October 28, 2011

PROBE : "rip off technique"

If you study symbolism you will discover that
it is a technique of rip-off by which figures are
deliberately deprived of their ground.

The whole of his achievement--in fact, his interest in communication--he attributes to Baudelaire, Mallarrme, Valery and other French Symbolists, but even more particularly to their English modernist and post-modernist successors, Yeats, Pound, Eliot and Joyce. In what could only be an indictment of many students of commun-ication who have turned to McLuhan, he wrote in 1974 that: "Nobody could pretend serious interest in my work who is not completely familiar with all of the works of James Joyce and the French Symbolists" - Marshall McLuhan


Unknown said...

Hi Bob et al,

Can we use the word "anarchy"?

It would be a mistake to overstate the anarchistic effects of global networks. The sophisticated form of anarchy is hardly enabled by the spread of its irresponsible cartoon versions. Global electronic technologies have allowed people seeking to satisfy simple, everyday desires to hook themselves into a dynamic system that dissolves their sense of limits. The act of saying "Why can't we share music with millions of people around the world?" or "Why can't we coordinate mass demonstrations with thousands of people we have never met?" or "Why can't we generate a free and open and customizable collection of software?" has had profound consequences. These shifting expectations have allowed everyday people (albeit technologically proficient and financially privileged) to consider new ways of relating and communicating with one another. Increasingly important areas of life seem outside the reach of state regulation ---even if in reality they are not. Revolution does not beckon, but irresponsibility calls and creativity thrives.'

From 'The Anarchist in the Library' by S. Vaidhyanathan.

Anonymous said...

>Can we use the word "anarchy"?