Wednesday, 25 May, 2022

second hand

i suppose nowadays that pretty much everything you write about in your blog is doomed to be second hand. orginality does not seem to be the thing that draws people to a blog and it is not the thing that makes them stay there. most blogging is little more than scrapbooking — a nesting together of links. we are a marginal step away from the cut-up technique of burroughs invading and informing all we do. we blog surf in the same way that we used to channel surf and information inextricably gets spliced together — well, it does for me. you watch people like warren ellis gathering together all these disparate threads into something like a coherent whole and his work emerging from that patchwork quilt of ideas. things are culled from everywhere — i find a link on one site, add it to my blogroll — find another link on that site, and so on. there was an idea a while ago that i read about called metatextual reading — where you don’t just read a single text — you read all of the workss that inspired it and all the works it inspired. in a hypertextual world where you can  smear on links all over the place there is no limit to how  far and deep you can read into something — every piece can become one of those rambling conversations you have with your friends that take you through the night and around the universe. each idea becomes gradually more well-worn. is this a good or a bad thing? neither — it is an inevitable thing. if you think of information as being mapped into a physical space then you could see it as having once mimicking the urban sprawl where things spread out and cover a vast area. as the amount of information you accessed increased you had to build upwards so it became a vertical system. well now the whole thing has collapsed in on itself — it has been brought down in it’s own footprint — the separation has been replaced with the sense that every single separate piece of information is actually existing at a single point simultaneously everywhere and nowhere. you can pack culture down into the first letter of the alphabet because the hypertextual potential of that letter is exponential. maybe.

One comment on “second hand

I think you’re right. It is basically a cut and paste world. I believe each person sees a blog in their own way and feels it useful for different reasons.


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