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Transparency

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The world is hollow. In-itself anything is precisely nothing. 

A thing exists positively only in the precise sense that it exhibits certain forces, that it forms connections or disjunctions with other things, or assemblages of things, in such and such a way. 

Moreover, is it not necessary that at some point in the process of any machine, there is something that may and must become reduced to a generic and redundant unit? 

It may indeed be said that the machine presents us with the most spectacular and dangerous breakthrough in all of history, a breakthrough written into our desires themselves.

Love is not a question of signals, but of production. Not words but noise. The word is hollow: in itself everything means precisely nothing. Yet no thought is ever without its heretical dimension, its strange and apocalyptic promise — the dangerous promise of possible knowledge. 

Not only does nothing “exist,” but it is the essence of existence itself, and so all knowledge is a kind of nothingness: a rigorous silence, a selective and critical passivity, a dangerous and misunderstood weakness. 

Truth is a parasite, we are infected: knowledge is never without this vertigo dimension of being self-imposed, like a sickness which you acquire simply by imagining it. 

I emphasize this point precisely because it is all too clearly understood by the creature within. and is it not so that when its roaring becomes imperceptible, we encounter an ancient silence, without limits? 

Yet everything begins in noise.

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2 thoughts on “Transparency

  1. Grégoire says:

    Dear Joseph,

    It may indeed be said that the machine presents us with the most spectacular and dangerous breakthrough in all of history, a breakthrough written into our desires themselves.

    At first I took this to be an extension of the earlier article (Trajectory). Now I’m not so sure. I see shades of Epicurus in here, with a dash of Gramsci’s total historicism idea. That’s just my — admittedly proletarian — take on it.

    Thanks again for writing…

  2. Miranda says:

    Hey Joe- I quoted a little bit from here for a piece that I have being published on Thursday (3/6/14) to a theoretical literary column. Your name and this blog post are with it. I just wanted to let you know…hope you are well.

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