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.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Hello, World

Who is world? You are. I am you. We are world together. As students we were barred by circumstance from studying philosophy, so instead we studied library science. But even with a degree in library science we shrank from gainful employment as a librarian, so now we work as a library technician. And in spite of our duties we are bored with human technology, so we dabble in philosophy in the gap between life and work. Here, with our minds set on starry speculations, we aim to discover the basis for our shortcomings, or to demonstrate it.