"we’ve arrived in Marshal McLuhan’s global village right on schedule. --Hyperpeople. http://markpesce.com/
"Share the wealth and spoil the weal. Peg the pound to tom the devil. My time is on draught. --James Joyce, Finnegans Wake, Pg. 579.
The following is a dry-toast post, or warm-up for something a little dishy, I'm preparing for the - share this course - class; a new chapter in collaborative web-work and a kick in the balls for me by Mark Pesce, and his incredibly intelligent and brilliant writing, speaking and software engineering. A slowly growing group of master-craftspeople who are joined-together to work on a new-new book. I only recently finnished reading "hyperpeople" by Mark http://markpesce.com/ and realize that without an edit button, some of my previous posts may be a little naive now, and that this was put together in 2004 boggles the mind!
I'm certainly swimming upstream here a little, out of the range of my own areas of technological understanding and experience, I'm roughly cutting out some quotes from Mark's 2004 article titled 'hyperpeople' and arranging them into a blog-post where they can share a place among some other key principles I take from Dr. Wilson's 'Tale of the tribe' classes, and run with.
If my contribution to this class from an ideological standpoint so far could be summed up its that James Joyce and Ezra Pound both achieved a new - hyperconnected - language of poetry and poetry of language, that I feel, gives us a well connected historical axis, or model, from which to construct a new kind of text, a new book and a new language, that may or maynot be html code, social networks and the interneting - world wide web - itself.
I don not propose that we create a new Finnegans Wake or a new Cantos but instead think about Joyce's next project, his book of the day, what would that book read like? possibly a balance and response to his wild-book of the night? What would that be like? And from Pound I would draw attention to his methodological introduction of Historical matter, his treatment of cultural fragments in an Epic poem or Tale of the Tribe, a tale of all Humanity, we can learn structure and hyperconnectivity from these two great books of shared knowledge. The rest of the tale of the tribe, as defined by RAW seems to be primarily concerned with the work of Pound and Joyce. I want to share, more specifically my interpretations of some of these ideas about alphabet and ideogram, as it becomes a natural extension from current research.
"Shares in guineases! There's lovely the sight! Surey me, man
weepful! Big Seat, you did hear? And teach him twisters in
tongue irish. --James Joyce, Finnegans Wake, pg. 361"
"Nowt better than share (Mencius)
nor worse than a fixed charge." --EZRA POUND, Canto LXXXIX.
"Nietzsche's view on eternal return is similar to that of Hume: "the idea that an eternal recurrence of blind, meaningless variation—chaotic, pointless shuffling of matter and law—would inevitably spew up worlds whose evolution through time would yield the apparently meaningful stories of our lives. This idea of eternal recurrence became a cornerstone of his nihilism, and thus part of the foundation of what became existentialism."http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nietzsche#Eternal_return
"(the night we will remember) for to share our hard suite of affections with
thee. –-James Joyce, Finnegans Wake, pg. 432
"Nietzsche said that history repeats itself: first as tragedy, then as folly. George Santayana said that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. And Einstein believed the definition of insanity to be “repeating the same act, expecting different results.” To these I must add one more: Hollywood loves a sequel. --Mark Pesce, Hyperpeople.
"She would make the great sacrifice. Her every effort would be to share his thoughts. --James Joyce, Ulysses, Nausicaa.
"When the tens of thousands of “amateur” productions do battle, on the level playing field of global digital superdistribution, with the few “professional” productions, the “amateurs” will win. Every time. Allways. Mark Pesce, Hyperpeople.
"Skunk. And fare with me to share with me. –-James Joyce, Finnegans Wake, pg. 365.
of knowledge/obstructors of distribution."
Cf Bucky Fuller, who sez much the same
and blames continuing squalor and war on
"ignorance, greed, fear and zoning laws. --Dr. Robert Anton Wilson, Recorsi 2005."
"Gnutella is less efficient than Napster, but, because there’s no centralized server (every computer on a Gnutella file-sharing network acts as both a server and a client) there’s no single point that can be shut down. Or sued out of existence. Mark Pesce, Hyperpeople.
"Bruno's cosmology is marked by infinitude, homogeneity, and isotropy, with planetary systems distributed evenly throughout. Matter follows an active animistic principle: it is intelligent and discontinuous in structure, made up of discrete atoms. This animism (and a corresponding disdain for mathematics as a means to understanding) is the most dramatic respect in which Bruno's cosmology differs from what today passes for a common-sense picture of the universe.- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giordano_bruno
"...the “decentralized indexing”, meant that someone, somewhere had already figured out how to combine the best feature of Gnutella (its decentralized search mechanism) with the best of BitTorrent (it’s ability to turn the Internet into a very efficient system for sharing files). - Mark Pesce, Hyperpeople.
"As Weiner wrote, 'great poems contain high information, Political speeches contain little. -- Dr. Robert Anton Wilson.
"MP3 recording uses a mathematical technique known as Fourier Transforms to break an audio signal into its constituent sound waves. It’s like a chord played on a guitar: you can think of a chord as a set of individual strings being played simultaneously. Mark Pesce, Hyperpeople.
"I'll put in a shirt time if you'll get through your shift and between us in our shared slaves, brace to brassiere and shouter to shunter, we'll pull off our working programme. Come into the garden guild and be free of the gape athome! --James Joyce, Finnegans Wake, Pg. 476.
"On the left are values of f(t) at the sampling points. The integral on the right will be recognized as essentially the nth coefficient in a Fourier-series expansion of the function F(ω), taking the interval –W to W as a fundamental period. This means that the values of the samples f(n / 2W) determine the Fourier coefficients in the series expansion of F(ω). Thus they determine F(ω), since F(ω) is zero for frequencies greater than W, and for lower frequencies F(ω) is determined if its Fourier coefficients are determined. But F(ω) determines the original function f(t) completely, since a function is determined if its spectrum is known. Therefore the original samples determine the function f(t) completely. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nyquist%E2%80%93Shannon_sampling_theorem
More than their good share of their five senses ensorcelled you would say themselves were, fuming censor, the way they could not rightly tell their heels from their stools as they cooched down a mamalujo by his cubical crib, as question time drew nighing and the map of the souls' groupography rose in relief within their quarterings --James Joyce, Finnegans Wake, pg. 476.
"BitTorrent is an elegant answer for the “superdistribution” of data; it harnesses the millions of Internet-connected computers to create something greater than the sum
its parts – a giant, distributed system for the distribution of any type of digital
information. Mark Pesce, Hyperpeople.
"And to know the share from the charge
God's eye art'ou, do not surrender perception. --EZRA POUND. From CANTOS CXII
"In information theory, entropy is a measure of the uncertainty associated with a random variable. The term by itself in this context usually refers to the Shannon entropy, which quantifies, in the sense of an expected value, the information contained in a message, usually in units such as bits. Equivalently, the Shannon entropy is a measure of the average information content one is missing when one does not know the value of the random variable. The concept was introduced by Claude E. Shannon in his 1948 paper "A Mathematical Theory of Communication". - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information_entropy
"Instead, all computers which want to get access to some data are considered “peers,” meaning all are equal participants in any exchange of data. Mark Pesce, Hyperpeople.
"The source coding theorem for symbol codes places an upper and a lower bound on the minimal possible expected length of codewords as a function of the entropy of the input word (which is viewed as a random variable) and of the size of the target alphabet. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shannon%27s_source_coding_theorem
“The medium is the message” means the actions of a community will differ in kind if that community is connected via telephone rather than radio, or email rather than television. Mark Pesce, Hyperpeople.
...the alphabet vs. the equation....?
...language as Class Warfare...? --Dr. Robert Anton Wilson (The Tale of the Tribe).
"And saved up his pay money,
and kept on savin' his pay money,
And bought a share in the ship,
and finally had half shares,
Then a ship --EZRA POUND, Canto XII.
McLuhan used James Joyce's Finnegans Wake as a major inspiration for this study of war throughout history as an indicator as to how war may be conducted in the future.
Joyce's Wake is claimed to be a gigantic cryptogram which reveals a cyclic pattern for the whole history of man through its Ten Thunders. Each "thunder" below is a 100-character portmanteau of other words to create a statement he likens to an effect that each technology has on the society into which it is introduced. In order to glean the most understanding out of each, the reader must break the portmanteau into separate words (and many of these are themselves portmanteaus of words taken from multiple languages other than English) and speak them aloud for the spoken effect of each word. There is much dispute over what each portmanteau truly denotes.
McLuhan claims that the ten thunders in Wake represent different stages in the history of man:
* Thunder 1: Paleolithic to Neolithic. Speech. Split of East/West. From herding to harnessing animals.
* Thunder 2: Clothing as weaponry. Enclosure of private parts. First social aggression.
* Thunder 3: Specialism. Centralism via wheel, transport, cities: civil life.
* Thunder 4: Markets and truck gardens. Patterns of nature submitted to greed and power.
* Thunder 5: Printing. Distortion and translation of human patterns and postures and pastors.
* Thunder 6: Industrial Revolution. Extreme development of print process and individualism.
* Thunder 7: Tribal man again. All choractors end up separate, private man. Return of choric.
* Thunder 8: Movies. Pop art, pop Kulch via tribal radio. Wedding of sight and sound.
* Thunder 9: Car and Plane. Both centralizing and decentralizing at once create cities in crisis. Speed and death.
* Thunder 10: Television. Back to tribal involvement in tribal mood-mud. The last thunder is a turbulent, muddy wake, and murk of non-visual, tactile man.
"F(ω) is determined if its Fourier coefficients are determined. - Shannon_sampling_theorem
"Now let the centuple celves of my egourge as Micholas de Cusack calls them, of all of whose I in my hereinafter of course by recourse demission me by the coincidance of their contraries reamalgamerge in that indentity" JJ FW, Part:1 Episode:3 Page:49,
"Media change the way we perceive the world, transforming the way we think, feel, and behave. Mark Pesce, Hyperpeople.
"Joyce himself parodies this preoccupation with the artefactual value of the book at length in Finnegans Wake in regards to a certain letter, discovered by a hen in a dunghill in an advanced state of decomposition. This letter, which is said to belong to A.L.P., is subjected to extensive genetic analysis. -- http://web.ff.cuni.cz/~lazarus/jjht_inventions.html
"the k'ao ch'eng is according to harvest,
the tax as a share of something produced --Ezra Pound, Canto LXXXV.
"Tell us in franca langua. And call a spate a spate. Did they never sharee you ebro
at skol, you antiabecedarian? –-James Joyce, Finnegans Wake, pg. 198
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