The Madness of Information: Stiegler, Pharmakon, Therapeutics?

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The Dark Fantastic: Literature, Philosophy, and Digital Arts


Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their
common sense.
……….—Gertrude Stein, “Reflection on the Atomic Bomb” (1946)

It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information.
……….—Oscar Wilde, “A Few Maxims for the Instruction of the
Over-Educated” (1894)

F. T. Marinetti in his epochal 1909 “Futurist Manifesto,” (in)famously quipped:
“Time and space died yesterday.” Paul Virilio derided this collapse of the timespace continuum into a virtual world of excessive information, saying,

“There are eyes everywhere. No blind spot left. What shall we dream of when everything becomes visible? We’ll dream of being blind.” (The Vision Machine)

Virilio would also prophesize that the “…reconciliation of nothing and reality and the suspension of time and space by high velocities replace the exoticism of journeys with a vast expanse of emptiness.” (The Information Bomb) Those who index such things tell us that…

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