[NetBehaviour] [Dead History]

Alan Sondheim sondheim at panix.com
Sun Jul 1 05:13:54 CEST 2018



[Dead History]

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INTERNET TEXT - preliminary
                                             Alan Sondheim
                                             sondheim at panix.com

[This was written in 1994; out of date, useless.
See: http://www.alansondheim.org/nowhere.jpg
See: http://www.alansondheim.org/nowhere2.jpg ]

INTERNET TEXT is a meditation on the philosophy, psychology,
poli- tical economy, and psychoanalytics of Internet (computer)
communica- tion. It describes the phenomenology of the
"electronic subject," the user who is plugged into the computer
as a correspondent or researcher. It is dedicated to Michael
Current, my co-moderator on the Cybermind list, who passed away
recently.

The text is divided into eight sections, labeled Net1-8; the
sections are also given the following titles:

Net1: Internet Text, approx. 82k
Net2: Love on the Net, approx. 84k
Net3: Web Text, approx. 89k
Net4: Clara Text, approx. 86k
Net5: Singularities Text, approx. 86k
Net6: Secret Text, approx. 82k
Net7, Net 8: approx. 82k each.

The first three texts form a core volume; the first text forms a
core volume. These develop an analysis of the Net based on
protocol, spew, emission, recognition, address, imaginary,
murmur, and the uncanny. The texts should be read in order; only
the first section of the first text is in traditional form,
however. (It should be returned to as a continuous REWRITE of
itself and the others.)

The last five texts open up, encompassing other areas as well.
The fourth includes work on "the last science fiction story,"
for example, and the fifth includes work on
projection/introjection in relation to "real" correspondents on
BBS, email, lists, and Usenet. Parts of the final texts deal
with death, hacking, and the "stuttering" of Net communication.

All texts have been written as ASCII files; there are graphics,
how- ever, that can be generated by running the several qbasic
programs given in the files.

I envision Internet Text as a single work. The style can be
difficult at times, and the format changes radically at times,
from one section to another. But style and format reflect
content, a rapidly spreading and relatively new form of
communication on the planet. (Incidentally, much of the analysis
applies to telephony as well.) I envision the reader as
self-generating, as if the texts were a form of inner voice.
What I am attempting is also relatively new; bear with the
texts, and they will prove rewarding.

Keywords: These connect: address, recognition, protocol,
electronic subject, grain, spew, emission, murmur, exhausiton,
obdurate, uncanny, imaginary, projection/introjection, _chora_,
devouring, liquidity, bridge, pipeline, node, transitivity,
gesture, web and web inversion.

Usage: The texts may be distributed in any medium - indeed, I
urge you to do so - provided I am credited with authorship. I
would appreciate in return any comments you may have.

Also, some recommendations:

The CYBERMIND list at World.std.com (write to
majordomo at world.std.com and include in the body of the message:
subscribe cybermind <your email address>

The FICTION-OF-PHILOSOPHY list at World.std.com

Louis Althusser: THE FUTURE LASTS FOREVER
Mark Poster: THE MODE OF INFORMATION
Guido Ceronetti, THE SILENCE OF THE BODY
Alphonso Lingis, EXCESSES and THE COMMUNITY OF THOSE WHO HAVE
NOTHING IN COMMON
TeRry Winograd and Fernando Flores: UNDERSTANDING COMPUTERS
AND COGNITION
Paul Virilio, WAR AND CINEMA
Avital Ronell, THE TELEPHONE BOOK
Merlin Donald, ORIGINS OF THE MODERN MIND
Julia Kristeva, REVOLUTION IN POETIC LANGUAGE
Verena Conley, RETHINKING TECHNOLOGIES
PERFORATIONS magazine (contact zeug at pd.org)
Michael Benedikt, CYBERSPACE
Alan Sondheim, DISORDERS OF THE REAL (shameless plug)
Pierre Bourdieu, AN INVITATION TO REFLEXIVE SOCIOLOGY
Michel Serres, THE PARASITE (and anything else you can get!)
Anything by P.J. Harvey (music)

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