Tuesday, December 18, 2012

News at Eleven: Paul Stephens: There is a line of argument

in contemporary media theory that we are outsourcing our memories to global technology, to Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook. The media theorist Bernard Stiegler claims there is a kind of global ADD problem, that we're being infantilized by our dependence on technology. What does it mean to instantaneously remember something? Poetry is an ideal example of this because traditionally it's mnemonic; rhyme and rhythm makes it stick in our heads. Popular music too is characterized by rhyme and repetition so that we can't get out of our heads. There's something about having millions of songs at your disposal that makes the individual songs not mean as much.

from Guernica: Pocket Poets: David Foote interviews Paul Stephens


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