Comments: Reaction to a comment of Pod on my reaction to Pod

hi jeroen
i enjoyed the entry... have you read gibsonīs theory about nodal points - itīs in idoru, i believe-. Thereīs this guy called Laney, who can study seas os info and identify meaningful strands, and also nodal points where these strands meet, and this nodal points show potential moments of intense change... sounds a bit like what your are talking about, but within a rhizomatic environment...

looking forward for more... osfa

Posted by osfa at February 13, 2003 10:31 AM

hi jeroen,

i like where you are taking this w/out a doubt ! ... and actually i DO think that Wilson reached a dead end , which is why he then moved into terrritory of directly deconstructing pre-existing plays and works which were LOADED with meaning ... and emotions ... and surely wrankled many audiences the wrong way because he walks a tightrope of spectacle
vs. deconstruction ... and walks in such
a stylized manner as to appear and/or BE devoid of human emotions ...


on another note: i wish we had spaghetti tools and potentials here in the blogs and forums , because sometimes in these linear threads / forums , i.e. the ... a person will say something and it will trigger a series off of that problem there , the information streams are rich , but sometimes you'd like to see from the original course of conversation it take off in the opposite direction and well, it is sometimes upstream to go back to the original point and try that Other direction.

so yes , spaghetti is ripe !


and it makes me think of a p.k. dick story , and i have a vague memory of this , but i think he was talking about the "living information system ", VALIS , but this may have been before that book, and he describes something like a religious sacred text ... like a bible , as a multi-faceted prism / book ... and from whichever side you entered into it would correspond to the nature of your entry point. something like that... i can't as eloquenty describe at the moment.


a strange coincidence just occurred ... that miraculous prism of internet ... i wanted to look up some reviews of wilson and came across this website from a teacher who used to be here in SF teaching multi-media studies:

randall packer , and surprise , william gibson writes the intro !



... if i have time i'd like to come back and share my personal experience of wilson's Death, Destruction , and Detroit part 2 as the ultimate tv generation scrambler ... a jarring dadaist language to the rescue.

and somehow this all relates to the recent provocations of "activating the medium " festival , which had that same kind of "missing the hamlet machine effect " !
i think.

Posted by teapod at February 13, 2003 01:17 PM

And osfa , sorry i forgot to include above...

idoru was my initiation to gibson and yeah i loved the laney character ... if i remember correctly his dysfunctional quality of short attention spans ... his freak defect quality or something like that ...was his talent ... only rather than it being like idiot savants... it was . ..or maybe this was my interprtation ... Normal savant that everyone who has a "post-modern environment" would likely develop those talents... we are all scanning seas of info.

ok , i might be stretching a very thin thread to this material...

anyway also curious what you might make of randall packer's overview of multi-media. see above.


Posted by teapod at February 13, 2003 02:40 PM
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