Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Literacy and Lube

Been skimming through some of Lane Wilkinson's stuff on information literacy over at his blog. Reminds me a bit of Hamid Parsani's deranged preoccupation with oil. Not in terms of thematic or stylistic correlations or anything like that, but in terms of sheer programmatic commitment. It's the sort of commitment I find nearly impossible to undertake on my own, the sort that characterizes power in today's global information society as working, according to Scott Lash, from principles of exclusion and inclusion, live zones and dead zones, rather than from principles of exploitation, as in the old national manufacturing society. I'm pathologically incapable of excluding anything. Consequently, I produce very little that can be attributed to me as a human being. And so I've stopped being human--the better to lay claim to whatever happens in this world.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Speed and Retardation

Alain Badiou writes in Infinite Thought:

Speed is the mask of inconsistency. Philosophy must propose a retardation process. It must construct a time for thought, which, in the face of the injunction to speed, will constitute a time of its own.
I spent an absurd amount of time trying to compose my thoughts on this quote and then realized that I am, in fact, retarded.