Random Theory

Another attempt to summarize my perspective that will only seem inaccurate later:

At this point, it’s seeming as though the only notable difference between narrative and linguistic subjects (fictional characters and real people) is one of physicality in this linguistic, physical realm (lacanian ‘reality’): we linguistic subjects have bodies, narrative subjects don’t and may or may not ever. But, in discourse–communication via representations that pretty much constitutes all media by definition–physicality is what’s precisely not needed, worked around, obviated. So, the distinction between the subject who has a body and the one who doesn’t, at least in how they’re treated, how their identities are socially understood, how they are defined in discourse, doesn’t amount to much.

Especially since we’re also getting around the lack of fictional bodies by making our fictions more realistically interactive in various ways, such as gaming, VR cinema, and even ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ YouTube series.

Random Theory


Also, check out ‘The Art of the Archive’

So then, Wolfgang Ernst gets dropped into my life. Thanks, Dr. Miller!

Though, every time I come across theorist that’s new to me, it makes me feel kind of dumb–like I should have known the whole time that there was this person talking about some of the same things I’m talking about.  Like I just didn’t look in the right places or ask the right questions. 

Ah well.  For some of us, at least, I suppose feeling dumb is a prerequisite for learning.

Check out a great talk on the re-emergence of extinguished cultural artifacts in the internet age here.