Posted by: glue | November 1, 2009

Miami Interscene (cont)

Avatar Emergency continued:  Interscene 3. Miami Virtue:  Family Discourse

The third discourse of the mystory allegory of prudence is documented in this interscene.  The primary feature that recommends divination as a contemporary rhetoric of deliberation is its achievement of a relationship between the macrocosm of the civilization and the microcosm of the individual netizen.  This taking into account of the thinker in the conceptual system was formalized in Renaissance rhetoric as the “concetto,” and in modern semiotics as the tripartite sign (Pierce), including the interpretant.  The attunement of a zone of public policy problems (equivalent of defining a concept) happens when a netizen takes the role of querent, and poses a “burning question” (a personal dilemma) to the policy problems manifest in the zone or “templum.” This reading strategy is justified by semiotic accounts of myth, showing that societies use debates surrounding disasters (such as the sinking of the Titanic) to organize public thinking about points of ideological contention.

The philosophical genealogy of divination begins with Heraclitus declaring that the oracle at Delphi does not reveal or conceal, but intimates.  Heidegger appropriated this winking sign as proper to the mode of truth he found implicit in the Greek term “aletheia.”  Derrida revisits the whole genealogy in his essay on Kant, “Economimesis,” reviewing the notion of nature as constituting signatures, the enciphered  language God spoke with Adam. Truth as disclosive withdrawal (a paraphrase of the etymology  a-lethe) describes the choral measure from Plato to Derrida’s trace.  It is a poetic or aesthetic recording of the properties of the world.  The proposal of choragraphy is that, whatever the theological merits of that account may be, it has practical value for flash reason in cyberspace.

The Family Discourse documents Barbara Jo Revelle’s anecdote of a childhood memory (a primal scene in Blanchot’s sense) that grounds the mystory in a particular sensibility or disposition.  The

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Barbara Jo Revelle

documentation includes entries from Revelle’s journals kept during the consultation, along with references to the situation motivating the burning question: her relationship with her partner (love is the prototypical burning question).  The purpose of the interscenes is to go beyond a simple declarative exposition of the different registers of the mystory, to dramatize the material details of the case.  This documentation singularizes the consultation, shows the richness of detail making possible the precision of choral measure, and models for others the terms to adapt to their own consultations.

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  1. […] Remember, Experience of Lethe = “secret” (Blanchot), concealed; never appears, unlike truth as “illuminated” or “unconcealed” (Aletheia). “The philosophical genealogy of divination begins with Heraclitus declaring that the oracle at Delphi does not reveal or conceal, but intimates.” — Ulmer […]

  2. […] “The philosophical genealogy of divination begins with Heraclitus declaring that the oracle at Delphi does not reveal or conceal, but intimates.” — Ulmer […]


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