Connected, or What It Means to Live in the Network Society by Steven Shaviro

By Steven Shaviro

Within the twenty-first century, a community society is rising. Fragmented, visually saturated, characterised via speedy technological swap and relentless social upheavals, it really is dizzying, over the top, and occasionally surreal. during this breathtaking paintings, Steven Shaviro investigates pop culture, new applied sciences, political switch, and group disruption and concludes that technology fiction and social truth became almost indistinguishable.

Connected is made of a sequence of mini-essays-on cyberpunk, hip-hop, movie noir, internet browsing, greed, digital surveillance, pervasive multimedia, psychedelic medicinal drugs, man made intelligence, evolutionary psychology, and the structure of Frank Gehry, between different themes. Shaviro argues that our unusual new international is more and more being reworked in methods, and by way of units, that appear to return out of the pages of technological know-how fiction, even whereas the area itself is changing into a futuristic panorama. the result's that technological know-how fiction presents the main invaluable social idea, the single shape that manages to be as radical as truth itself.

Connected appears at how our networked setting has manifested itself within the paintings of J. G. Ballard, William S. Burroughs, Philip ok. Dick, William Gibson, okay. W. Jeter, and others. Shaviro makes a speciality of technology fiction not just as a kind of cultural remark but in addition as a prescient discussion board during which to discover the forces which are morphing our global right into a kind of digital truth video game. unique and compelling, hooked up indicates how the continuous experimentation of technological know-how fiction, like technology and know-how themselves, conjures the invisible social and fiscal forces that encompass us.

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3 James I. ” “Hermeneutic Lines and Circles: Aristarchus and Crates on the Exegesis of Homer,” in Robert Lamberton and John J. , Homer’s Ancient Readers (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992), 70. ” SYMBOLS AND RIDDLES 23 unclear or obscure and that appear to run counter to our common sense. The strange elements in Homer’s narrative are proof not that he was indulging in a flight of fancy but that he wished to convey some hidden significance. Therefore, these passages will repay the efforts of a diligent and careful interpreter.

And he introduces his commentary proper this way: “Given that the description is full of such obscurities, it is not, in fact, a random fiction created for our amusement” [ υ Ϋ ? Ϋ ? Ν ζ? θυ ? θ Ν ] (Antr. 4). In sharp and, I will argue, self-conscious contrast to Aristarchus, Porphyry takes a strange description in Homer’s poem as a place to initiate critical activity. For Porphyry here and, as we will see, for a long tradition of reading different from the one to which Aristarchus belongs, the critic should pay attention precisely to those places in the poem that are 2 One can see this famous position also in Eratosthenes.

4 5 24 CHAPTER 1 Ν [Poet. 1458a18]—on which more below), he is arguing against something else at the same time. The extant evidence for “poetics” before Aristotle attests beyond doubt to the rather widespread currency of an opinion in stark contrast to his. 7 Such a predisposition, which sees poetry as enigmatic and defines the reader chiefly as a decipherer, is part and parcel of allegorical reading, not only in this early period but throughout its whole history. , the notion of the symbol steps in as a synonym for enigma and begins to take its place within the vocabulary of ancient allegorism—a position that grows and expands until it reaches exalted status among the later Neoplatonists such as Porphyry.

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