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electronic construction, an interactive site - anything that can be used as a foundation for further construction, further thought. Such discussions are like the notes drafted in the margins of an essay (from which for example the present essay was constructed). Like these notes from earlier media engagements, the blog discussions should be discarded, and forgotten. They are essential to history, essential that is to the documents and constructions that are the historical scholar's proper field of reference. But they are not historical documents in themselves, except for the most cloying biographical and fanatically oriented mass cultural scholarship. The dust of biographical rubbish. Like the notes and marginal scrawls that preceded them in print media, such materials should be kept private, used for internal discussion and not preserved for literary analysis. The weight of dust exceeds the weight of settled objects. What can it mean, such gravity without a center? Worse still: the blog, as a vehicle of new media scholarship, has the effect of internalizing criticism, giving no more "special status" to the one who seeks a truth or stakes out a position than to the person whose formulation is designed, primarily, to bring terms into wider circulation within new media. Of course, distinctions are made in practice and the discourse of this particular blog has the ring of one status in particular - namely, that of contemporary corporate culture, where the above-cited "elevator pitch" of Object Oriented Ontology is directed, primarily. The proliferation of voices and visions itself ensures that the literary object will not be allowed a special, media specific voice of its own, even if literature has proven its capacity to extend thoughts beyond present conversations toward a continuing intersubjective process. Instead, literature is observed only in its external objecthood, even as the proliferation of any number of other "objects" for study neutralizes the critical impulse to select

New Media  

This remix essay by Joe Tabbi is in response to Mark Amerika's remixthebook. Tabbi writes: "This essay is also out of touch with the times b...

New Media  

This remix essay by Joe Tabbi is in response to Mark Amerika's remixthebook. Tabbi writes: "This essay is also out of touch with the times b...

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