Blogging Reality – stumbling upon an addenda

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Blogging Reality – Other’s Thoughts

After completing some thinking-in-action-in-words-as-blog earlier this week, I took up a book and read…the section following where I’d left off in the illustrious and continually praised and most highly recommended text (now in my seventh turn…) Dust by Arkadii Dragomoshchenko, I stumbled upon this smattering of letters:

 

“In reality, the logic of these changing textures and modes of writing bear witness to something altogether different, and applies to their various manifestations.  Generally speaking, each new mode seems richer than the preceding one; and while the new one does indeed repress what came before it, it also adds new possibilities to what already exists…the means by which new forms of writing subsequently influence ‘writers’ is a history of a different kind.

“In the course of the last decades, with the creation of the Internet and the Web, we have seen not only a gradual revolution in the perception of time and space, and consequently of the possibilities of expression, but also – strange as it may seem – one other fundamental phenomenon: a return to writing, perhaps to virtual writing, but nevertheless to writing.  It turns out that we have unconsciously come full circle, returning to ‘paper’ in spite of all the ardent speeches in defense of the new, digital order of things.  Indeed the Internet has turned us back toward the past because, as Adam Gopnik has written, the Internet is a kind of writing, given that it is literally written ‘from beginning to end.’

“This can of course be refuted: even assuming that you’re right, what is the ‘carrier’ then of this writing?  Can it still be considered ‘writing’?  Paper can be touched.  A book is a tangible, physical object; moreover, it has a smell: printers’ ink, manufacturing chemicals, etc.  And how priceless is writing paper itself, its special, unique odor and color, to which literature has paid much homage so often!  Finally, what separates the first, primordial sign etched in stonen from the image on a computer screen?  To this imaginary question I give the following answer: what is most important to consider are the changes in the concept of materiality, as well in the system of concepts – a process stretching back over the last hundred years – relating to the very possibility of describing any material object whatsoever.  This object, the description of which previously relied on the coordination of the concepts ‘beginning and end’ (every object had both), is now conceived as some kind of oscillating point of a perpetual ‘now,’ a definitive account of which is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to obtain.  Indeed, isn’t it rather naïve to claim that we can feel a sign, as if it were a slab of painted, reinforced concrete that could be dragged up to the forty-fourth floor?

“All in all, ‘to be online’ signifies, on the one hand, a perpetual ‘now,’ real time, but on the other hand it means reading words written by others, no less than typing out one’s own words, addressed to someone else…

            “…writing.  Written language has the inherent ability to create a salutary barrier, a kind of second skin or distance that allows one to disappear from sight whenever one wants.  This is a space in which no one can deprive you of the right to instantaneous solitude on this otherwise all too overcrowded, unlivable island.”                                                    –Arkadii Dragomoshchenko

 

So…skin, perpetual ‘now,’ “real time,” without beginning or end, a “salutary barrier,” “textures,” “changing forms” and so on….writing

What we do.  What we love.  What we need / depend on.  How we “touch,” of a barrier like skin…flexible, moving, light and air and signs…

Flow on bloggers!  Flow on!