Memory and Space

Some interesting reflections on Stiegler’s theorisation of event, as process, in the ‘Industrialisation of Memory’ chapter of T&T2. In particular, this post usefully points to the (almost?) un-discussed Virilio-inspired similarities between Stiegler’s ‘collapse of distance’ between the input and reception of an event and David Harvey’s ‘time-space compression’. This also happens to be something I’m currently thinking about for a paper…

The Semaphore Line

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Over the last week or so I’ve returned to reading some Stiegler, after a break of maybe 6 months, as a result of editing a book chapter. I’ve used him as a key reference point to talk about human access to and cognition of an event. I’ve argued that social media works to construct the nature of a protest event – and have claimed that differently bundled accounts of an event bring individualizing conclusions. For example, that each account of an incident brings a different ‘spin’, which when brought together on a media platform moulds unique perceptions of the event. The nuances in language between accounts is telling of this ‘spin’ – some are detailed, some are satirical, some are instructive, some are rote.

I’ve also said that social media has brought a new orientation to events too. I’ve played on the spatial dynamic of Stiegler’s use of the term…

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