writing, current events: social commentary

Friday, June 04, 2004  

"Naturally the... people don't want war.... it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a Fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a Communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to do the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them that they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country."

Of course. There are a few suppositions embedded within this Goeringesque insight: one is that in any society 'the people' need to be 'brought on board' in a supportive way (if only in the sense that 'the people' won't be in the streets en masse protesting whatever 'government' action), and two that the 'leaders' might have ideas that are somehow different or at odds with 'the people' and might want to embody those ideas within some course of state action that 'the people' might not embrace or support, but for prodding by 'the leaders'....
And this is so in *any* society, within any scheme of political economy or structure of government. Issues of interest (class?) and consent (withheld, or not).

posted by albert | 12:59 PM

Wednesday, May 26, 2004  

Here's something to think about: "Becoming-imperceptible is a process of elimination whereby one divests oneself of all coded identity and engages in the abstract lines of a nonorganic life, the immanent, virtual lines of continuous variation that play through discusive regimes of signs and nondiscursive machinic assemblages alike" (Quoting Ronald Bogue, Deleuze's Wake, p. 73).
And this is a description of what Deleuze calls 'minor literature' and the embodiment by such literature of a 'type of life' that is not (merely) the replication of dominant (regimes of signifying) motifs, but rather....
So here focussing on issues of 'becoming-imperceptible' and the 'process of elimination' when read through the dominant signifying regimes of a political economy. And the sense of 'freedom' implied in the process of 'divestiture' where 'coded identity' is both effaced/destroyed and recreated/embodied. The exchange of one (coded identity) for another.

posted by albert | 9:49 AM

Monday, March 22, 2004  

A festival of the oppressed....

Name branding within a flexible, permeable marketing framework = 'getting the word out'

A political ecology cum marketing strategy: notes toward a deeper (more or less) 'penetration'....

The relations of production effaced (maybe?) by the relations of (non)recognition?

To the extent one fails to attend to issues related to presentation/distribution....

"Art and daily life: have they not long become fused in processes of fashion and design shaping every second act of consumption?" (Perry Anderson)

So... we're just waiting for the *third* act?

posted by albert | 6:47 PM

Monday, February 23, 2004  

So thinking about the blog as utensil: spoon, fork, knife. Different utilities for different utensils. But: using a spoon as a fork; a knife as a fork. A spoon as a knife? It's been done.... Thinking here of John Cage: 'Music for Prepared Piano'.... 'Content for Prepared Blog'.... Can the blog be 'tuned' in a manner analogous to the way Cage 'tuned' his piano? Well.... But:
How about blog as mixer, or can opener, or, let's see, sieve, or... juicer! Oh boy! 'Would you care for some papaya with that monkey??' You must be joking! So some blogs cut (like a knife, yeah, the song), others seem to be 'spoon-fed', and that's not a criticism.... Is it a description?

Suppose it's possible to apply the utensil metaphor to poetics, or, let's say, poetry, or, at least, poems. So the poem (pome) is a spoon, a fork, or a knife.... So words, or some subset or variant thereof, or symbols, spooned into the work, or cut in as with the aid of a knife, or... well, you see....

Working out the essence of this form (blogging) as residing in it's dailiness, of a person blogging.... Telling all, or some part thereof.
Working out the notion of 'season' --- there's 4 of them always and everywhere.... But Spring in New York is not Spring in Bangkok. So 'inherent' qualities even of 'natural' phenomena seem suspect, or at least, questionable....
Always nice to see statements like.... 'This is what 'x' is' as if that settles it....
Better to be unsettled. Maybe a blog is a spoon that unsettles....

posted by albert | 1:36 PM

Friday, December 12, 2003  

It's only been six months, right? That's not all that long....
The blink of an eye, really....

Still thinking about how to use this blogging thing, what it is, what it could be. These are old issues, I suppose, discussed and debated months ago, in various precincts by various correspondents, and in various ways and manners....

Hoping that blogging will somehow liberate me, in some way.... And why or how should I even entertain such a thought?? 'Liberate' me.... Liberate 'me'....'Liberate me'.... What a quaint notion. This long ago should have been put to rest, or at least sequestered within a more 'reasonable' environment....
How could I think such a thing?? Maybe 'cause it (you know, 'it') can, but only if....

posted by albert | 8:53 AM

Monday, June 09, 2003  

"...synapses hate grooves, they hate them."

"....The difficulty of all is in flux. Perhaps that is the very point at which to start."

"Human labor / resurrects things / from the dead."

"What about measure, I learnt:
Look in your own ear and read."

"Perhaps when everything is beautiful, nothing is beautiful."

Imitation is the only mistake possible in art, because it does not recognize the law of time.

human nature: infinite formless variation

"Our proper work now if we love mankind and the world we live in is revolution."

"Private project of / enlightenment's no longer sufficient. Not / just self- but social-realization."

"The windows of his music were open -- not wondering, to quote Meister Eckhart, 'Am I right or doing something wrong'?"

"... cast into the immensity of spaces of which I am ignorant and that know me not, I am frightened."

".... words are born on his tongue under the impact of the moment."

"words...[had] become impoverished in content, they had become one-sided and empty formulae."

"The world is given to us only once."

a field of oriented possibilities, an 'open' text....

"The only human value resides in an active soul."

to expose and destroy conventional habits of signification, based on principled opposition....

"The bad effects of my childhood still control my life."

"You can't carry it around in your head forever."

"The only reality is the translation of one's ideas into rhythm and beautiful movements."

"The other says: I have no method.
I merely undress in powerful moonlight
delighting the wretched few
and plunge in and drown each time."

"If we really want to understand the origin of signification --- and, unless we do, we shall not understand any other creation or any other culture, for we shall fall back upon the supposition of an intelligible world in which everything is signified in advance --- we must give up every signification that is already institutionalized and return to the starting point of a non-signifying world."

"Every code is at once arbitrary and rational; recourse to a code is thus always an oppportunity for man to prove himself, to test himself through a reason and a liberty. In this sense, the analysis of codes perhaps allows an easier and surer historical definition of a society than the analysis of its signifieds, for the latter can often appear as trans-historical, belonging more to an anthropological base than to a proper history."

"A work determines its own needs."

Quoting Andrews, Wittgenstein, Godard, Zukofsky, Kubrick, Cage, Pascal, Mach, Eco, Emerson, Bernstein, Coolidge, Colette, Perelman, Merleau-Ponty, Foucault, Higgins.

posted by albert | 8:40 AM

Sunday, June 08, 2003  

"Even when you have nothing, there's something going on." (Edward Kolb, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Chicago)

posted by albert | 4:38 PM