(Random Thoughts: Regis Debray)
before they came along, some nomads of the Near East had invented God
this rather suspicious-looking neologism of mediology
punctilious lines and fastidious distinctions
The study of the ways and means of symbolic efficacy
underlying episteme of such and such a domain of
The act of communication is fluid; that of mediation, weighty.
the mediator is traversed by time and transfixed by the centurion’s lance.
the axiom of incompleteness, where to my eyes the religious syntax of
collective life is born.
“But that is semiology’s bailiwick.”
This is not to make a religion out of the classic opposition between the certum and the
the “becoming-delivered” rice sack of a humanitarian broadcast
It is not enough just to be dumbfounded to become a philosopher
we are given much to intervals, intercessors and interfaces of
one needs to take up an ancestral soul and observe it in
perspective, against the light surrounding the Byzantine
Still, one can be sure that a culture unaware of this particular procedure of memorization
will not have such and such a behavioral pattern: it will have no cognizance of how to
class things, list events, place items in columnar format, etc.
I am papyrus, parchment, paper, computer screen.
the felicitous surprises issuing from the chronological bricolage
a palimpsest of gestures and legends continuously prone to reactivation
I am the Decalogue, Francois Villon, Lenin and Macintosh.
mediology: it aspires to be trans-bordered, athwart establishments and nomenclatures
make our mnemo-technic equipment intelligible as mentality and our mental
equipment intelligible as technology.
The mixing of rubrics appears
And rags do not mix well with napkins
the text as an ideal unity is less pertinent than the book as object, and the object in its turn
less so than its metamorphoses
Political hallucination remains a mystery
Our religions have recourse to angels because God isn’t there.