File spoon-archives/lyotard.archive/lyotard_2001/lyotard.0103, message 76

Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2001 11:59:45 -0500
Subject: Re: I'd rather be a Cyborg than a Goddess

Eric et. al.,

Agree with most of this analysis, but can't imagine how intentions based on
even a hint of Marx, a name has negative meanings to the middle-aged and
older, or intentions based on the ideas of Continental philosophers, known
to only a handful of
people in the U.S., could possibly become a "movement".

A significant global movement without strong support within the U.S. seems

Movements in the last half-century, in which minorities
changed history, were Civil Rights, ending the Vietnam War, and and

Information Age resources might, in theory, have accelerated achievement of
those causes.

The African American community of Montgomery struggled through 13 months of
passive resistance to overcome legal segregation on buses in 1956.

The 1968 protests in Paris were were noisy and newsworthy, but were wiped
out in just a few days.

The questions for Cyborgs and the others, are:  where, when and how to


> Here is where postmodern Marxism becomes possible, as Cyborgs and other
> workers complexify to create not merely revolution, but a singularity
> that goes beyond these attempts to intervene and regulate the
> spontaneous order of information.  The stakes are over whether or not to
> continue a "winner take all" unstable economy or drift  towards
> cooperative coevolutionary decentralized structures. Ones that support
> more ephemeral and sustainable pleasures, as the job economy moves from
> work to play and our Calvin ghosts take on ecstatic flesh to arise in a
> profane resurrection of joy, a virtual pagan Easter where information
> breeds like bunnies.


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