{ brad brace } on 15 Nov 2000 02:46:57 -0000

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Re: [Nettime-bold] Re: <nettime> Cellphones and the Cancer of Cellspace

On Tue, 14 Nov 2000, Benjamin Geer wrote:

> This is an example of something Adorno described in _Minima Moralia_:
> people talk more and more, but they say less and less...

Man-oh-man, yes. Adorno.

> The less we communicate, the more lonely we feel, and the more we rush
> to embrace anything that resembles contact.  Thus, mobile phones serve
> to provide the *appearance* of communication...

I recently purchased a toy electronic cellphone ($2 made in Japan): it
'plays' the usual musical cellphone sounds and tones along with lovely
accented messages:  "Good Morning," "Hello, Information," "Good-bye."  I
can now 'communicate' with my co-workers and fellow citizens as their
phones 'go-off.'

A post-baroque, centerless world of transformation defined through the
passage from a culture of objects and stocks to a world-wide culture of
flows and interfaces. Meaning is multiple and heterogeneous and the gaze
becomes anamorphic and double-coded as it adds signification to images,
giving value to visual scrap and rebus. Each image leads always to another
image in an opaqueness in which meaning is abysmal, playful, even


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