• The Pleasure of the Social Web > 25/07/09

    In 1982, Jauss proposed the term geniessen in his Aesthetic Experience and Literary Hermeneutics to identify aesthetic pleasure. It was a reaction against Adorno’s “aesthetics of negativity,” which he rejected as “aesthetic purism,” as well as against the Barthesian pleasures of the text which, in Jauss’ words, is the “French counterpart to Adorno’s aesthetics in certain aspects” (29).

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  • as browsing turns to clicking > 05/04/05

    In 1999, William H. Gass wrote in his In Defense of the Book that readers of books will become increasingly better readers as the net would be the end to ‘good’ reading. He also regretted the loss of browsing in the sense that you can browse the book shelves in a library and, by serendipity, find what you never would have looked for in the first place.

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  • sorcerer-code > 21/08/04

    Is the net witchcraft? In Grammatron, Marc Amerika plays on the polysemy of source code/sorcery code. I recently learned that in Congo the internet is called ‘kindoki’s letter’, kindoki meaning a spirit of witchcraft…?

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