Monday, May 30, 2005

no idea is somemaybetimes a good idea

Kombinat! in a comment here quotes Kundera: "It is deplorable, but it is a fact: we have learned to see our own lives through the eyes of business or government questionnaires..."

I pointed in turn to the notes here. We can say "we have learned," but it is also possible that the "we" that is allegedly learning is but one element in a transactional economy - a sort of food fight of the symbolic order in which the symbols themselves are morphing:
The television sits in the place in the home our grandparents once occupied, central, revered, carrying the stories that teach the young about the world, and the television is the voice of retail transaction.

Spam, that anyone with an email account despises and complains of, is a handful of gravel compared to the avalanche of commercial hook and promise the television saturates our homes with. But we're used to that, and the young don't know any other world. The parasite is on its way to symbiosis.
Certain kinds of thinking might need to occur in some space that is innocent of the social. There is no rhetorical flourish, no wish to persuade, no clique of happy few. No idea of whom it is or could be addressing. No idea of much at all. Chaosfroth. It may appear fumbling since it has no pre-conceived understanding (Kleist) of what it is thinking. Intermittent, unsure of itself, it may seem unformed. Until the parallel wheel of language allows it form.

Thinking occurs. As opposed to what passes, stentorianly, polemically, or gracefully, for same, much of the time, and chatters to keep trying to.


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Linked to the same post by informant 38 just before coming here and reading your comment. "The World We Have" said the tapeworm is pretty damn good.

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