Writing as Reified Representation

modes-of-thought - Orality exists only between speaker & audience => requires less interpretation, since it exists only as such a dialogue. - Writing exists as a real-world artifact of a representation => requires more interpretation, since original author is not present.

Text is taken as part of the reality to be (further) represented.

"Mirrors and copulation are abominable, for they multiply the number of mankind." — tlon-uqbar-orbis-tertiusp. 68 Texts are the mirror we hold up to ourselves that blind us to all else around us in our narcissism.


modes-of-thought Cayley, David. 1995. “Modes of Thought”. Podcast. Ideas. Canada: CBC Radio. [link] ↩︎ 1

tlon-uqbar-orbis-tertius Borges, Jorge Luis. “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius”. ↩︎ 1