Tuesday, October 26, 2010

"Perhaps the terrifying thing about the new media for most of us is their inevitable evocation of irrational response. The irrational has become the major dimension of experience in our world. And yet, this is a byproduct of the instantaneous character in communication. It can be brought under rational control. It is the perfection of the means which has so far defeated the end, and removed the time necessary for assimilation and reflection. We are now compelled to develop new techniques of perception and judgment, new ways of reading the languages of our environment with its multiplicity of cultures and disciplines. And these needs are not just desperate remedies but roads to unimagined cultural enrichment."

- Marshall McLuhan, Culture Without Literacy


"To think in the midst of the sciences, is to pass near them without disdaining them."

- Martin Heidegger, The Question Concerning Technology
"Technology is making gestures precise and brutal, and with them men. It expels from movements all hesitation, deliberation, civility. It subjects them to the implacable, as it were ahistorical demands of objects. Thus the ability is lost, for example, to close a door quietly and discreetly, yet firmly. Those of cars and refrigerators have to be slammed, others have the tendency to snap shut by themselves, imposing on those entering the bad manners of not looking behind them, not shielding the interior of the house, which receives them. The new human type cannot be properly understood without awareness of what he is continuously exposed to from the world of things about him, even in his most secret innervations. What does it mean for the subject that there are no more casements windows to open, but only sliding frames to shove, not gentle latches but turntable handles, no forecourt, no doorstep before the street, no wall around the garden? And which driver is not tempted, merely by the power of his engine, to wipe out the vermin of the street, pedestrians, children and cyclists? The movements machines demand of their users already have the violent, hard-hitting, resting jerkiness of Fascist movement."

- Theodore Adorno, Minima Moralia

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Robert Bresson's Mouchette and the Atlanta of Mark Steinmetz

1.) Robert Bresson's Mouchette (1967)
2.) an image from South Central by Mark Steinmetz (-)
3.) Robert Bresson's Mouchette (1967)
4.) an image from South East by Mark Steinmetz (-)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Georgetown appoints Colombia' s ex-President Alvaro Uribe to Teaching Post

"Uribe is a symbol of the worst that has happened in the tragic conflict in Colombia. There is a great deal of blood involved here, a very great deal."

- Jon Sobrino, SJ

(an article by John Dear, SJ. In the article he includes the response to Uribe's new position in a letter sent to him by one of my heroes, Fr. Javier Giraldo, SJ of Colombia)

"When Language Fails Us" by Alexander McFarlane


Monday, October 4, 2010