Neurosis as the Fundamental Condition of CMC

Date: Thu, 2 May 1996 09:27:29
From: kerry miller

 1. Lag. Lag robs one of one's speech, displaces one, even in terms of 
> intention. The words refuse to come; the words are still performative,
> however: there is nothing else. Lag increases tension, cretes [sic, 
> as in concretes] anxiety on 
> both sides in synchronous communication. In any communication, it breaks 
> thought apart; one is in a state of simultaneously thinking-through a 
> subject and attending expressivity itself.
> 2. Strangers, utter strangers, strangers who utter. (Re: _uttar_ in Hit- 
> tite - see Simmel on the stranger as well.) One is face to face with
> someone nameless who may be aggressive, a threat. There is no responsi-
> bility apparent to anonymous and violent text, to spam. With double blinds 
> and hacked addresses, one is left helpless, confronted by language turned 
> against oneself. 

Lag exists in all communication; however, the unnatural extension of lag in CMC makes it clearer that one is talking only with (or against) oneself. Western thought breaks apart decision from action; CMC breaks one apart from one's self, asynchronously. Whether this locates (locutes?) anxiety or ecstasy has therefore nothing whatsoever to do with a 'stranger' but only with the degree of familiarity and understanding one might have of oneself -- the great potential of CMC is that it may fool people... into greater understanding.

Utter nonsense, you say? Ask me again if you don't believe me. Utter nonsense, you ask? Tell me again, for instance, that you don't believe me.

btw, _uttar_ in Sanskrit is North: the hell-of-a-ways-out-there whence strangers come; whence the Aryans themselves emigrated some time back. (Strangeness too is reflexive.)

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