Rob van Kranenburg on Thu, 14 Apr 2005 16:21:06 +0200 (CEST)

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Re: <nettime> The New Middle Ages

thank you, brian. i think you point at a crux, this is the ongoing bet and 
from my point of view it seems like even more disciplining eating away 
even more personal space, but from the prisoners point of view there is 
always a finger you can move and if they immobilize that, well you can 
still click your tongue....althussers 'hey you' is now commodified in the 
dutch smokingpole 
where people stand outside (open roof structure) in trainstations and walk 
up, yes - walk up - to the smokingpole to smoke. in althusserian terms 
you'd still have to shout as authority, now you just commodify the shout 
and have people walking towards their own 'prison'. it is so strange to me 
that these two structural lines are so visible, one towards this 
selfdisciplining, and one towards this selfrealization, as if the default 
has become the schizophrenic.

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