HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH STENCILING ON THE CASING OF AN ATOMIC BOMB: MEDIUM OVERHEATING

MUSIC IN PHASE SPACE EPISODE 48

“Amid all that chaos and confusion, a hole quietly opened up in American history, a vacuum of accountability, into which assets human and financial begin to vanish. Back in the days of hippie simplicity, people liked to blame ‘the CIA’ or ‘a secret rogue operation.’ But this is a new enemy, unnamable, locatable on no organization chart or budget line — who knows, maybe even the CIA’s scared of them.”

THE DIGITAL MEDIUM: NUMBERS

“Once we have surrendered our senses and nervous systems to the private manipulation of those who would try to benefit by taking a lease on our eyes and ears and nerves, we don’t really have any rights left.”

“The ground, or environment, is not a passive container, but active processes that influence the relationships between all of the elements in it.”

CONTENT IS KING: YOU ARE THE CONTENT

“content of any medium is always another medium”

“The content or message of any particular medium has about as much importance as the stenciling on the casing of an atomic bomb.

If you have been in a poker game for a while, and you still don’t know who the patsy is, you’re the patsy.

Tetrad of media effects

  1. What does the medium enhance? Enhancement (figure=Content): What the medium amplifies or intensifies. For example, radio amplifies news and music via sound.
  2. What does the medium make obsolete? Obsolescence (ground=Medium): What the medium drives out of prominence. Radio reduces the prominence of print and the visual.
  3. What does the medium retrieve that had been obsolesced earlier? Retrieval (figure=Content): What the medium recovers which was previously lost. Radio returns the spoken word to the forefront.
  4. What does the medium reverse or flip into when pushed to extremes? Reversal (ground=Medium): What the medium does when pushed to its limits. Acoustic radio flips into audio-visual TV.

Toward a Linear World

MAKING CULTURE LINEAR: HERE COMES EVERYBODY

A single dandelion may produce 2,000 seeds per year, indiscriminately firing them off into the sky at the slightest breeze. The disposition of each — or even most of the seeds aren’t the important thing, from a dandelions point of view. The dandelion doesn’t want to nurse a single precious copy of itself in the hopes that it will leave the nest and carefully navigate its way to the optimum growing environment, there to perpetuate the line.

VALUE SWITCHES TO ADVERTISEMENT

A NEW DARK AGE: The Gulf War Did Not Take Place

“The idea of a clean war, like that of a clean bomb or an intelligent missile, this whole war conceived as a technological extrapolation of the brain is a sure sign of madness. It is like those characters in Hieronymus Bosch with a glass bell or a soap bubble around their head as a sign of their mental debility. A war enclosed in a glass coffin, like Snow White, purged of any carnal contamination or warrior’s passion. A clean war which ends up in an oil slick.”

“Only the hand that erases can write the true thing.”

STENCILING THE FUTURE

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