All our metaphors are broken. The network is not a space (notional, cyber or otherwise) and it’s not time (while it is embedded in it at an odd angle) it is some other kind of dimension entirely.
BUT meaning is emergent in the network, it is the apophatic silence at the heart of everything, that-which-can-be-pointed-to. And that is what the New Aesthetic, in part, is an attempt to do, maybe, possibly, contingently, to point at these things and go but what does it mean?
- Jame Bridle, #sxaesthetic via booktwo.org
I have long argued that the metaphors about shared online space don’t work, because we are sharing time online. Bridle argues it’s not time being shared either. And then he sort of throws up his hands, because he doesn’t know what it is we are sharing, or what it means.
(h/t Bruce Sterling)
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