A. Cinque Hicks on Tue, 7 Apr 1998 19:57:13 +0200 (MET DST)

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<nettime> Interactivity: Hicks responds to Hopkins, Stalder

[Felix Stalder] wrote:

> There are definitely more or less interactive devices. In some cases, say
> the elevator, the interaction is extremely limited -- up or down -- in
> other cases it is more sophisticated. The point, however, is that ALL
> machinery has SOME degree of interactivity, with the single exception of
> clocks.
> Felix

i don't really see the use of an adjective so vague that it describes
*everything*, but okay, if we provisionally agree that all machinery has
SOME degree of interactivity, then in fact clocks do as well. i have a
clock sitting right in front of me and believe me i have to interact
with that goddam thing every morning at 8:30.  for that matter why limit
interactivity to physically touching things?  a clock does have to be
looked at in order to do its job.  isn't that then also a form of
interactivity?  limited, sure, but a clock only gives us an answer
because implicitly we have asked it a question.

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