Critique of Swarm – Part 4

IV - DEMEDIATIZATION “Because of the demediatization of communication, journalists - elite ‘opinion makers,’indeed, the erstwhile priests of opinion - now seem increasingly anachronistic and superflous. The digital medium is in the course of abolishing an end to the era of representation. Instead, everyone wants to be present personally and directly - to present his … Continue reading Critique of Swarm – Part 4

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Totalitarianism as a Material Fear

Material interest includes more general needs (food, water, shelter) but is also always particular and has integrated particular desires and forms of needs (not just food proper, people conceive of food in particular). Material fears are their fears that come from social situations and the material conditions. Many people have a general fear of invasive control into their personal lives. The particular form of that fear is contingent on what could enable that. The (Western) totalitarian fear as it exists today involves fears that are particularized through the relationship to mass media, surveillance, and the party-centered nation-state.

Rabelais – A Poem

*** Leap across this frothing world Where dirt is the foundation of all things    And roots grow through all things    And wine should heal all things    And laughter pierce all things We are listing, like ships or almanacs Cups overflow, spilling a human reflection                                 Speckled with lightbulbs Where our own sight … Continue reading Rabelais – A Poem