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[Nettime-bold] Re: <nettime> ::batteries, buddies & other binaries::
wade tillett on Fri, 21 Sep 2001 04:39:43 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-bold] Re: <nettime> ::batteries, buddies & other binaries::

i  heard  a  preacher  on  the radio last night, comparing this to the
interim between the crucifixion and the resurrection. (wasn't christ's
death was supposed to be a destruction of the binary?)

this  was  an  attack  on  the  economy  of  the binary, the simulated
discourse/oligopoly/utopic  space,  and  at its most basic level - the
equivalence and economy of justice.

the  most  flustering  to  the recreation of the binary being that the
enemy,  for a brief interval, was without a face. (although a face was
quickly produced.)

the (new/old) binary of us/them, imploded, without a defined other.
how could justice be accomplished without the other?
how could economy be preserved?

the  binary  was quickly re-created/re-distributed by the media to one
of us/them, good/evil, past/future, attack/vengeance, crime/justice.

whether  or  not  justice  *can*  be achieved, the *perception* of the
achievement  of  justice  will be reinstated. bombs will be dropped in
order  that the perception of justice be restored, that the economy of
the  binary be restored, that an internal (utopic) space be re-created
and opposed to an exterior space.

"What  we  seem  to  have, then, is an apparent subject, an impersonal
pseudo-subject,  the  abstract  'one'  of  modern  social space, and -
hidden  within  it,  concealed by its illusory transparency - the real
'subject', namely state (political) power."
(lefebvre, production of space 51)

there  are  thus  two economies at work, the economy which creates the
utopic  space (of commerce/freetrade/america) and the economy _within_
the  utopic  space. these are intimately connected, but through a sort
of  filter  in which the effects, the distribution, to the exterior of
the  space  are  hidden from the 'choices' and participants within the
utopic space.

the  construction  of  space  can  be said to now be accomplished by a
'pluralistic'  method - i.e. distribution is now delivered to specific
points,  rather  than  area  to  a  degree.  but  the space of economy
remains,  is  recreated, expanded. in fact, scarcity and an economy of
have  and have-nots, 0/1, binary is intentionally created and expanded
(IP being a current example).

while  a  'pluralistic'  multi-pronged  method  may  now  be  employed
instead,  it  is  still  employed  to  contain  the binary 'other' - a
singular,  defined  other who does not participate within the rules of
the  space,  who  has not been assimilated, innoculated, and contained
within the 'pluralistic' space of utopia. pluralism exists only within
the  utopic space. its borders are always binary, as the basic economy
by which it is created is binary, that of justice.

it  was  the space created between the towers which was the real force
of their binary structure. a space within space. a utopic space.

and this utopic space was breached.

hence virilio's endocolonization. the 're-creation' (expansion) of the
utopic space. and at the definition of that space, power.

"...  this  action, although it is not desirable, is necessary because
the  final  objective  of  the  insurrection  is a free and democratic


(central  intelligence  agency,  psychological operations in guerrilla
warfare,  at  textz.com)(a  guide-book  on  how  to  create a space of
simulated democracy)

also related, post "091401"

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