Time for a break; on to something new.
I love this image — it’s so hopeful and positive. And I have loved, on most occasions, “heralding the new” in film and related media, but the time has come for me to take a break from this blog; I’m going to hit the “pause” button here and try to shift into the non-digital world for a while. When I was working on my book Streaming: Movies, Media and Instant Access, the material I was considering almost daily on the blog fit right in; it was “of the moment,” and completely in sync with what I was doing. Now, I’m working on a new project, which may take several years to complete, more centered on classical issues, and I need to step back from the instant world to spend more time thinking about the larger ramifications of culture both past and present. One needs time for reflection.
It seems to me that we have been gradually transformed from a culture of human communication into a mediated society in which simulacral images of the real have replaced human interaction. We’ve been both spectators and participants in the process of image production since the dawn of imagistic representation, but now, it seems that more and more, we are content to simply watch anything that’s on, removing ourselves from existence. I’m steeping myself in a lot of classical painting right now, for one example, images from the 18th and 19th century, and for the moment, I’m going to keep this a private conversation.
As Jorge Luis Borges wrote, “Literature is not exhaustible, for the sufficient and simple reason that a single book is not. A book is not an isolated entity: it is a narration, an axis of innumerable narrations. One literature differs from another, either before or after it, not so much because of the text as for the manner in which it is read.” There are more than 400 posts on this blog stretching back over the past three years — and that’s a lot of material to consider, and more than enough for several books. So perhaps you’ll hit the “back” button and browse over some of the past entries, while I work on something new.
Until then, envoi, and I’m sure that we will have a chance to talk soon, in one form or another.