[-empyre-] Memory Errors
Madeleine Reich Casad
mir9 at cornell.edu
Sun Nov 18 15:58:32 EST 2007
On Nov 17, 2007, at 3:48 PM, John Hopkins wrote:
>>> I like John's metaphor of amplifying wave interference patterns
>>> to describe what we might make of this relationship, too.
>> me too! though do you think he's presenting it as a metaphor? John?
> nope, not metaphor, this is 'real' energy -- you have to make a
> rather radical world-view shift for this to make sense, however,
> absorbing the implications of Quantum, for example, mixed with some
> other energy-based world-views... I'm always a bit daunted in the
> mailing-list sphere to raise these issues, because of this
> necessary shift for my comments to make sense, and I find that it
> usually takes several days of f2f discussion in a workshop setting
> to come to a general understanding of the consequences of an energy-
> based world-view...
> but, yes, I am talking not about metaphoric energies but very real
> energies --
I'm all for this descriptive model. And from my lit-inflected
perspective of the virtual, it doesn't really matter if the energy in
question is metaphorical or real. But I don't think I follow your
> for example, when you spend some life/time in the service of
> supporting a technological system that you are using, you will
> never get this time back, and in this time, you have expended a
> very real amount of energy to maintain your bio/energy system which
> you will absolutely have to recharge before you can continue on to
> the next activity...
or earlier, when you wrote:
> The higher the technology (i.e., the larger the techno-social
> infrastructure necessary to support a particular medium), the more
> life-energy an individual must expend into that techno-social
> system to maintain their participation in and use of that medium.
> This is maybe the most profound affect of increasingly complex
> technologies of documentation... that we are ever more deeply bound
> to that techno-social system in the fact that we have to give more
> of our life-time-energy into the system in order to participate...
> We become hyper-socialized and lacking much autonomy.
I think the technological system becomes enmeshed with life such that
our energies ebb and flow with and through it. We invest energy, but
then the techno-social system becomes one substrate of our life
itself. If we're dependent on a medium whose infrastructure is
massive and unsustainable or 'selfish' , that's a big problem, but a
techno-social-material-economic-systemic problem, not a problem of
the medium in and of itself, conceptually isolated from its modes of
deployment. So I'm reluctant to draw such a conclusive link between
'high' tech or representational complexity and the reduction of
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