[-empyre-] the netopticon
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Sun Jan 16 02:17:58 EST 2011
Hi Johannes & all,
I have been thinking about some of your comments ...
>i probably (not sure what others here think?) will
>need to reflect on my own behaviors vis a vis networked
>communications, and whether it's sustainable to to be
>online at all times, and why there is such pressure
>to be accessed (by mails and information) at all times,
>and whether it's good for the health to be
>accessible at all.
Unfortunately, literalization of (perceived) personal freedoms, or
rather socially engineered evolution through commercial means; has
brought about a conflict between the (supposed) freedom of the
individual, against self-discipline and advancement through
self-education. Where people base their localized decisions and
networked interactions as 'lifestyle' decisions. When I hear the word
'lifestyle' on the television, newspapers or verbally, a shiver enters
my spine. Because I am instantly reminded of where this phrase
originally came from - the American public relations and propagandist,
Edward Bernays. "Combining the ideas of Gustave Le Bon and Wilfred
Trotter on crowd psychology with the psychoanalytical ideas of his
uncle, Dr. Sigmund Freud, Bernays was one of the first to attempt to
manipulate public opinion using the subconscious."
And if anyone has seen the excellent documentary 'The Century of the
Self' by Adam Curtis, "a British television documentary film that
focuses its attention on Sigmund Freud's family, especially his
daughter and nephew, who exerted a surprising amount of influence on
the way corporations and governments throughout the 20th century have
thought about, and dealt with, people."
- they would immediately appreciate the issues we are all dealing with
in respect of how we have (mainly in the western world) been mediated
post-war onwards, in ways which spell out connections with the
discussion around we are currently engaged with regading the panoptic
state, and now the extra quandry, agreed as being the netoptican.
Another link -
Reflecting on our behaviours - perhaps this can be expanded upon even
further than 'whether we go on-line or off-line'. To where our inner
psychologies can retune, re-purpose beyond denial of action, into
refraining from the decision of 'negation'; into a more constructive and
conscious enactment of pro-claimation; meaning that the 'materiality' of
our lives can be reclaimed not just by virtual means but by physical
means also. After all, shallowness is not stupidity, it is a decision.
And if this is true, then in some sense we can make better decisions and
change the 'materiality' of life at various levels, through our actions
by incorporating an approach towards a sustainability of common values
which are not reliant in supporting neoliberalist defaults. This
conscious shift alone is like recognizing an addiction, a dependency
which we all know in our hearts is not a nourishing form of consumption,
mentally, physically or socially.
I am still writing another another post in response to some of your
Wishing you well.
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