Re: ::batteries, buddies & other binaries::

wade tillett on Fri, 21 Sep 2001 17:46:00 +0200 (CEST)

[Date Prev] [Date Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Date Index] [Thread Index]

Re: <nettime> ::batteries, buddies & other binaries::

i heard a preacher on the radio last night, comparing this to the interim between the crucifixion and the resurrection. (wasn’t christ’s death was supposed to be a destruction of the binary?) this was an attack on the economy of the binary, the simulated discourse/oligopoly/utopic space, and at its most basic level – the equivalence and economy of justice. the most flustering to the recreation of the binary being that the enemy, for a brief interval, was without a face. (although a face was quickly produced.) the (new/old) binary of us/them, imploded, without a defined other. how could justice be accomplished without the other? how could economy be preserved? the binary was quickly re-created/re-distributed by the media to one of us/them, good/evil, past/future, attack/vengeance, crime/justice. whether or not justice *can* be achieved, the *perception* of the achievement of justice will be reinstated. bombs will be dropped in order that the perception of justice be restored, that the economy of the binary be restored, that an internal (utopic) space be re-created and opposed to an exterior space. “What we seem to have, then, is an apparent subject, an impersonal pseudo-subject, the abstract ‘one’ of modern social space, and – hidden within it, concealed by its illusory transparency – the real ‘subject’, namely state (political) power.” (lefebvre, production of space 51) there are thus two economies at work, the economy which creates the utopic space (of commerce/freetrade/america) and the economy _within_ the utopic space. these are intimately connected, but through a sort of filter in which the effects, the distribution, to the exterior of the space are hidden from the ‘choices’ and participants within the utopic space. the construction of space can be said to now be accomplished by a ‘pluralistic’ method – i.e. distribution is now delivered to specific points, rather than area to a degree. but the space of economy remains, is recreated, expanded. in fact, scarcity and an economy of have and have-nots, 0/1, binary is intentionally created and expanded (IP being a current example). while a ‘pluralistic’ multi-pronged method may now be employed instead, it is still employed to contain the binary ‘other’ – a singular, defined other who does not participate within the rules of the space, who has not been assimilated, innoculated, and contained within the ‘pluralistic’ space of utopia. pluralism exists only within the utopic space. its borders are always binary, as the basic economy by which it is created is binary, that of justice. it was the space created between the towers which was the real force of their binary structure. a space within space. a utopic space. and this utopic space was breached. hence virilio’s endocolonization. the ‘re-creation’ (expansion) of the utopic space. and at the definition of that space, power. “… this action, although it is not desirable, is necessary because the final objective of the insurrection is a free and democratic society, WHEREBY ACTS OF FORCE ARE NOT NECESSARY.” (central intelligence agency, psychological operations in guerrilla warfare, at guide-book on how to create a space of simulated democracy) // also related, post “091401” # distributed via <nettime>: no commercial use without permission # <nettime> is a moderated mailing list for net criticism, # collaborative text filtering and cultural politics of the nets # more info: and “info nettime-l” in the msg body # archive: contact: