Saturday VIII • 7 April 2007

Links for another Saturday, in miniature, from someone who’s just coming back online…

? Profe Douglas Hofstadter makes a couple of nonchalantly brilliant quips in the NYTMag, on the occasion of his new book on orders of consciousness, the phenomenon of self-awareness and a modest proposal for the existence of souls.

? Alterati interviews documentarian Micha Peled, about his brave and crazy film, China Blue.

“We’re all told we live in democracies where the important decisions get voted on but in fact many areas of our daily lives are controlled by corporations that are not accountable to anyone—and we are not consulted on the decisions that they make.”

? Just so we are on the same page, The Economist points out that: “In secret locations and using secret methods, human beings are scanning lots and lots of books for Google.” Good thoughts on what this will mean for different genres of content heretofore known as “books”—from scholarly research to poetry anthologies. Nice; but blithely trusting as usual for TE.

2 Comments

  • Posted 10 April 2007 at 6:05 am | #

    Wow, while procrastinating for my essay on Derrida and digital archiving by reading InsideOwl, I come across that Economist link which has deep relevance to what I’m writing! My paper is on the structuring activity of digital archives, and the “death drive” of archiving, whatever that is. Anyway, my case study is archive.org (The Internet Archive), so this article will come in very handy. See, reading blogs can be good for you.

  • Posted 11 April 2007 at 12:34 pm | #

    Archiving and the death drive. Tell me about it! I’d love love to hear more about what you discover in the writing of your doubtless playful but disturbingly accurate paper.

    Honestly, it’s cringing self-awareness about this dynamic that has always kept me from photography and journaling. IO is an effort to bracket such over-analysis, though still this may never be a place I recount daily stuff— something I have a hard time even doing in person with intimates.

    Do you see blogging (of the personal, this-was-happened-today sort) as the same kind of death-driven stashing? After getting familiar with the mode, I more tend to see it as an alternative to talking to a partner or a dog at the end of the day: a healthy review-reflection exercise. Not really comparable to the anal, desperately greedy grasping for life you see, for example, in the middle-age guy with a camera who has to document every square inch of his summer vacation.

    Despite my impatience for mundane details, a part of me envies those who can so easily dispense with them as a way of sewing up their days. God knows R wishes I wouldn’t assign quite so much stuff to the not-worth-repeating bin.

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