[-empyre-] the depth of projection - uses of space, networked spaces, control

Johannes Birringer Johannes.Birringer at brunel.ac.uk
Tue Sep 22 20:55:32 EST 2009

hello all;

David Chirot's long posting on projection and projectiles was intricate, and very thought provoking, there would be  so much to debate, and your examples are of course lovely, unusual   (Leni Riefenstahl alongside Jenny Holzer, or Pipilotti Rist?)

           If one examines the situation in the inverse, then, what the Projection does is not Control, but offer Safety, Security.   And if a person has the illusion of safety, then they feel they are not threatened by control.  Control vanishes fro the site of projection and is distributed among the entire mass of "individuals" who al seem to think amazingly alike when it comes down to safety and security.   Self-censorship replaces the need for censorship and outright physical enforcement becomes unnecessary...

As long as one believes that one is more 'democratic, more "free," and More "moral" than others, then nothing one does in the name of safeguarding these is seen in any way as being immoral, criminal, anti-Democratic, hypocrisy raised to the ultimate degree.  >>

Your conclusion seems to be to draw attention to the issue of how apparatuses and their mechanisms generate "security"  under specific economic and political/ideological conditions, and some of your analogies draw on fascism as well as on contemporary gloablized neoloberal capitalism  (the systems themselves have been studied as "capturing technologies," yes?). Regarding new diffiusion stretegies and "democraticizing" media (YouTube, Twitter, blog journalism, Wikepedia, etc), would you then argue that these are in fact not democratic at all? or only pseudo democratic charades (theatricalized under the banner of the new amateurism?).  Is not the projection of security , as categorical Imperative, failing all the time? and to what extent does it succeed?

Johannes Birringer

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