The Machine is Us/ing Us

I don’t usually do this, as regular readers might know, but I’m going to link a YouTube video. It’s worth it. This video raises every issue that I care deeply about regarding the Web in four minutes. Well worth the download time.

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One thought on “The Machine is Us/ing Us

  1. Wow. I study Improv.
    “Now imagine what relationship text has to play with that—As well as narrative. ‘It’s not easy to improvise, it’s the most difficult thing to do. Even when one improvises in front of a camera or microphone, one ventriloquizes or leaves another to speak in one’s place the schemas and languages that are already there. There are already a great number of prescriptions that are prescribed in our memory and in our culture. All the names are already preprogrammed. It’s already the names that inhibit our ability to ever really improvise. One can’t say what ever one wants, one is obliged more or less to reproduce the stereotypical discourse. And so I believe in improvisation and I fight for improvisation. But always with the belief that it’s impossible. And there where there is improvisation I am not able to see myself. I am blind to myself. And it’s what I will see, no, I won’t see it. It’s for others to see. The one who is improvised here, no I won’t ever see him.”
    JACQUES DERRIDA
    UNPUBLISHED INTERVIEW, 1982

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