Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Coda: Link Is You

In an essay titled "Axis Thinking", pioneer-of-all-trades and master-of-the-slow-fade, Brian Eno describes a means of categorization that depends on an object/sound/idea's position on several interrelated axes.
...if we look more closely we see that many of the things that we would consider single qualities of... are actually themselves multi-axial spaces. To describe hair color, for example, needs much more detail than dark <---> light. It needs an axis of redness, an axis of greyness, and axis of color homogeneity, an axis of shine.
As these axes multiply we move further and further away from a single point on a two-dimensional scale of categorization. As the axes multiply, so do the dimensions, until locating the position of any given thing becomes an act of creating a unique multi-dimesional singularity.

I believe that the implementation of links on a blog or a website is the act of locating oneself on a multiplicity of axes, thereby articulating the unique multi-dimensional singularity that is one's self.


Blogger anybody said...

I love your last statement here. We are so much more complex than the traditional constraints of written language.

11:09 PM  
Blogger anybody said...

Fascinating work. I would be remiss not to link it. Thanks for sharing.

11:11 PM  
Blogger Colin said...

i can already see that the blogged paper is kind of a mcluhanesque predictor of its contents. because the paper winds up being exactly the kind of thought-chunks it talks about. and i am increasingly intrigued by the way knowledge and message, as joe would say, passes out of simple ownership and into a sort of venn diagram thing where various stakeholders sort of own the information. and i'm also sort of amused by my own impatience with this kind of commenting on a paper. as a teacher, i like to comment right AT THE POINT i'm commenting on, not at the end of a thought-chunk. i am also experimenting at reading this paper in different directions -- first south/north, then north/south -- and, as my father would say, in different moods.

5:33 PM  

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