I sommer læste jeg den 10. udgivelse i serien ‘Semiotext(e) intervention series’. Den første i serien og den eneste anden jeg har læst, er “Den kommende opstand” af Den usynlige komité.
I bogen – The Administration of Fear af Paul Virilo – findes gode pointer om at evnen til at håndtere hastigheden i f.eks. information er magt. Om geografiens ophør. Og om at verden er styret af følelser frem for logik:
It creates a “community of emotions,” a communism of affects coming after the communism of the “community of interest” shared by different social classes. There is something in the synchronization of emotion that surpasses the power of standardization of opinion that was typical of the mass media in the second half of the 20th century. With the industrial revolution of the second half of the 19th century, the democracy of opinion flourished through the press, pamphlets and then the mass media – press, radio and television. This first regime consisted of the standardization of products and opinions. The second, current regime is comprised of the synchronization of emotions, ensuring the transition from a democracy of opinion to a democracy of emotion.
Stærk, præcis sidste linje i dette afsnit. Men der er nu også steder i bogen, hvor jeg ikke er enig i udgangspunktet, argumentet eller konklusionen, men behandlingen af emne og evnen til at træde ud af gængse følgeslutninger og sammenhænge gør Virillo interessant at lytte til. Her et afsnit om glæde og masserne:
It is hard for me to talk about happiness and collective pleasure. I am an only child, and my experience was less of pleasure than pain and solitude. That said, I do not believe in hedonism and on that point I disagree strongly with Michel Onfray. In a sense, Onfray is expressing the end of hedonism. He speaks about it with such diligence that it sounds like a funeral mass. True joy does not need to be promoted; it is striking. Let’s take an example: raves. They are baroque parties in the political sense of the word. In the societies of the 17th century, dance had a political and choreographic dimension that communicated something of the king’s body to those around him. Raves today remind me of something similar. They are like a political manifesto on the uneasiness of being together. Their significance comes from expressing the uneasiness of being together of mass individualism.
Paul Virilio: The Administration of Fear. The MIT Press (2012)