File spoon-archives/lyotard.archive/lyotard_2003/lyotard.0302, message 103


Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2003 18:36:40 +0000
Subject: Re: Move On




If we accept that the events of the 15th are a pure "event" in Badiou's 
use of the term, which is to suggest that the event under consideration 
is something "....which compels us to decide a new way of being..."  The 
recognition of the fidelity of the event, both internally, in the sense 
of the participants in the event, but also externally, in the sense 
perhaps of the rhetoric change forced on Blair by the "event".  Perhaps 
the question is whether the fidelity of the event can be recognised 
through the heavily mediated form of the dominant media forms. When I 
was more interested in Media Studies as a discipline I would have argued 
against the "false" conflation of Saturdays "event" and "Reality TV" and 
suggested that an "audience" obviously has the sophistication to draw a 
distinction between the different levels of mediation and "truth" 
between Saturdays "Event" and the latest absurd bit of "Reality 
Television" which furthers no situation.

Perhaps to take the issue further - can you be faithful to the event of 
Reality Television as one should be to the events of the 15th ?

regards
steve



>>All, 
>>
>>Move On, www.moveon.org , is organizing a virtual march on washington
>>on Feb. 26 (inside the US dateline for those outside of it). The idea
>>is that by a progressive bombardment of emails and phone calls, we will
>>communicate to the present ancien regime that last week's street
>>protests were not merely photo opportunities. All the info you need to
>>participate is on the website. Despite our various critical arguments,
>>we all seem to agree that the current American (and sometimes European)
>>hegemony over international politics deserves to be challenged as
>>fiercely as possible. Move On is a good way to get a foot in the door.
>>As I hinted, street protests turn out to be television events for many
>>Americans (like reality television). These are not to be denied, they
>>do have an affect (who can forget seattle). But if any serious
>>distraction and rethinking of American politics is to be done by
>>americans in america, the lawyer-lobbyist and the letter writer are
>>necessary complementary arms to the struggle on the streets. I need not
>>explicate further, this is old news. Timing is key. 
>>
>>RT
>>
>>
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HTML VERSION:

If we accept that the events of the 15th are a pure "event" in Badiou's use of the term, which is to suggest that the event under consideration is something "....which compels us to decide a new way of being..."  The recognition of the fidelity of the event, both internally, in the sense of the participants in the event, but also externally, in the sense perhaps of the rhetoric change forced on Blair by the "event".  Perhaps the question is whether the fidelity of the event can be recognised through the heavily mediated form of the dominant media forms. When I was more interested in Media Studies as a discipline I would have argued against the "false" conflation of Saturdays "event" and "Reality TV" and suggested that an "audience" obviously has the sophistication to draw a distinction between the different levels of mediation and "truth" between Saturdays "Event" and the latest absurd bit of "Reality Television" which furthers no situation.

Perhaps to take the issue further - can you be faithful to the event of Reality Television as one should be to the events of the 15th ?

regards
steve


All, 

Move On, www.moveon.org , is organizing a virtual march on washington
on Feb. 26 (inside the US dateline for those outside of it). The idea
is that by a progressive bombardment of emails and phone calls, we will
communicate to the present ancien regime that last week's street
protests were not merely photo opportunities. All the info you need to
participate is on the website. Despite our various critical arguments,
we all seem to agree that the current American (and sometimes European)
hegemony over international politics deserves to be challenged as
fiercely as possible. Move On is a good way to get a foot in the door.
As I hinted, street protests turn out to be television events for many
Americans (like reality television). These are not to be denied, they
do have an affect (who can forget seattle). But if any serious
distraction and rethinking of American politics is to be done by
americans in america, the lawyer-lobbyist and the letter writer are
necessary complementary arms to the struggle on the streets. I need not
explicate further, this is old news. Timing is key. 

RT


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