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The Careless Language Of Sexual Violence - The Rumpus.net
we also live in a time that necessitates the phrase “rape culture.” This phrase denotes a culture where we are inundated, in different ways, by the idea that male aggression and violence toward women is acceptable and often inevitable.
rape  women  sexualviolence  television  representation  language 
november 2015 by rachaelsullivan
The Rejection of Closure by Lyn Hejinian
I can only begin a posteriori, by perceiving the world as vast and over­whelming; each moment stands under an enormous vertical and horizontal pressure of information, potent with ambiguity, meaning-full, unfixed, and certainly incomplete. What saves this from becoming a vast undifferentiated mass of data and situation is one’s ability to make distinctions. The open text is one which both acknowledges the vastness of the world and is formally differentiating. We delight in our sensuous involvement with the materials of language, we long to join words to the world—to close the gap between ourselves and things—and we suffer from doubt and anxiety because of our in­ability to do so. Yet the incapacity of language to match the world permits us to distinguish our ideas and ourselves from the world and things in it from each other. The undifferentiated is one mass, the dif­ferentiated is multiple. The (unimaginable) complete text, the text that contains everything, would in fact be a cl...
hejinian  poetics  language-poetry  overload  language  poetry  reality  open  textuality  self  from delicious
april 2013 by rachaelsullivan
everyword (everyword) on Twitter
Twittering every word in the English language. Task will complete in 2013.
experimental  twitter  language 
february 2012 by rachaelsullivan
65,000-Year-Old Language Goes Extinct : Discovery News
After the death of her parents, she remained the last Bo speaker for 30 to 40 years. She had no children, and her husband died several years ago.

Listen to Boa Sr singing in Bo.
Courtesy of Survival International

Singing in an almost hypnotic language, she was very lonely as she had no one to converse with.
language  indigenous 
february 2010 by rachaelsullivan
Traumas of Code
I mistype a word, and my word processing program rearranges the letters. I think I am making the keystroke that will start a new paragraph and instead the previous paragraph disappears. I type a URL into the browser and am taken to a destination I do not expect. These familiar experiences make us aware that our conscious intentions do not entirely control how our language operates. Just as the unconscious surfaces through significant puns, slips, and metonymic splices, so the underlying code surfaces at those moments when the program makes decisions we have not consciously initiated. This phenomenon suggests the following analogy: as the unconscious is to the conscious, so computer code is to language. I will risk pushing the analogy even further; in our computationally intensive culture, code is the unconscious of language.
hayles  code  language 
september 2009 by rachaelsullivan
Language machines: technologies of ... - Google Book Search
Language Machines questions any easily progressive model of technological change, demonstrating the persistence rather than the obsolescence of language technologies over time, the continuous and complicated overlap of pens, presses, screens and voice. In these essays new technologies do not simply replace, but rather draw upon, absorb, displace and resituate earlier technologies.
language  literacy  machine  technology  writing 
march 2009 by rachaelsullivan
Blurting in Art + Language
Hypertext version of a complete print work of 1973 by American members of Art & Language, with articles and a discussion forum.
art  digitaltext  hypertext  language  philosophy  theory 
march 2009 by rachaelsullivan
Today's Kids Are, Like, Killing The English Language. Yeah, Right.
But there is a concealed paradox in the Age of Duh. The information overload on which it is based is built around the computer, and the computer is, of course, built around -- that's right -- the good old yes-or-no binary code: Billions of microcircuits all blinking on or off, black or white, current in or current out. Those computers were designed by minds schooled and steeped in the world of yes or no, and perhaps it is not too much of a stretch to imagine my sons' generation, shaped by the broader view of duh, finding another path: binary code with attitude.
essays  generations  language  digitalculture  1990s  texting 
november 2008 by rachaelsullivan

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