Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Finnegans Wake and Web 2.0. (sketch)

Most McLuhan scholars seem very keen on new social media, like Paul Levinson and Derrick De Kerckhove.  At the other end of the spectrum we find Hakim Bey. McKenna definitely sounds like Bey when he talks about an archaic revival, but he  doesn't believe his anarcho-primitivism while he sees human history as the parable of the Prodigal Son that will come back to nature through technology. McLuhan also held such Messianic views on history, but his followers seem ready to dismiss his religious bias as quickly as others did with Newton and Descartes. Beckett and Derrida repeatedly pointed out that il n'y a pas de hors-Wake, as its hyperlinked all-encompassing structure allows a Sortes Virgilianae of a sort and a eschatological vein with a 300-year deadline. McKenna calls the Wake as close as our ears may get to the mammamuscles most mousterious of his underground dome filled with self-transforming machine elves and self-dribbling jeweled basketballs. 

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