Data Trash: The Theory of the Virtual Class by Arthur; Weinstein, Michael A. Kroker

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Press the delete key and the obsolescent critical rhetorics of cultural studies (nostalgic ressentiment), semiology (discursive analysis which cannot penetrate the electronic cloud cover of the bio-apparatus), cultural sociology (society is the missing matter ofvirtual reality), and dialectical materialism (for a culture that is recursive and virtual in its cybernetic logic) vanish from the screen, to be filed away in the theory in ruins data base. Segue to the copy function and suddenly the high-density pixel screen is windowed by graphic images of the body recombinant, straight from dead-end outlaw canyons scattered around the digital badlands.

DATA . cc..... c. . bepossiblein our last moments. That makes us post-human, but not yet unhuman. The post-human ageis ruled by the wish, mostly unconscious,to replacethe human. There are innumerable covers for that wish, objectives that fall short of its maximum fulfillment, the most pervasivebeing the will to viituality and the sacrificial will of fascism, the remnants of the bi-mode+ after the ascetic priests have disappeared.. Interminability The ideology of recline is interminability.

Of interminability. Recline givesup on theifuture: the future is the next virtual scenario. Benjamin again: “In 1932 Rudolf Anaheim saw ‘the latest trend . . in treating the actor as asstageprop chosenfor its characteristicsand . . “‘5 The will to virtuality is a will to be such a prop, to surrender to a scenario, perhaps as‘voyeur, perhaps as seduced,perhaps as sacrificial victim. M. ” Recline is the great drift of the fin-de-millennium. But it is a horribly spasmodic drift, wrenched by bouts of retro-fascism erupting within it.

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