Posted by: glue | May 16, 2008

Xlog heuretics

A purpose of this blog is to reflect on the nature and possibilities of blogging, especially as they contribute to electrate learning styles. Here are a few features noted so far, some actual, some potential. My approach is not that of Aristotle in his original Poetics (a close reading of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, from which he extracted the general principles of “tragedy” as such). Reading blogs is a part of this experiment. Composing a blog is another part. Heuretics is experimental and theoretical. The purpose is not to take xlogs as one finds them, but to take a blog for a spin.

a vortex in water

1. The Categorial Person

Joseph Beuys declared that every person is an artist. In the electrate appararatus, every person becomes a category. To use the term “category” is misleading, since it names the literate mode of classification introduced by the Classical Greeks (Aristotle). “Category” originally was a legal term meaning “indictment” or “accusation,” before Aristotle appropriated it to name the structuring principle of literate metaphysics. In electracy, the mode of classification is inverted, from universals to singulars, from essences to distributions. Concepts and their definitions are collected in dictionaries. Blogs (in all flavors, hence xlogs) are an important site making possible the metaphysics of the electrate apparatus. The “blogetics” category (thread) addresses the question of an electrate category by reflecting on the ways in which a blog performs the operations of logos (noticing, attending, gathering, arranging).


  1. Electrate subject formation is glimpsed in psychoanalytic theory, such as Jacques Lacan’s sinthome.

    “The move from conceiving of the symptom as a message which can be deciphered by reference to the unconscious ‘structured like a language’ to seeing it as the trace of the particular modality of the subject’s jouissance culminates in the introduction of the term sinthome. Far from calling for some analytic dissolution, the sinthome is what allows one to live by providing a unique organisation of jouissance. In the 1975-6 Seminar, James Joyce’s writing is read as an extended sinthome, a fourth term whose addition to the Borromean Knot of [Real Symbolic Imaginary] allows the subject to cohere.”
    Dylan Evans

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