Monday, November 13, 2006

one blog reader is enough

I (blah blah blog).

One blog reader is enough.

To communicate with you, it is enough.

To speak silently through text or loudly through podcasts or visually through video, with just one other person, even if that one is what amounts to an uneven and shifting kaleidoscope of unknown and transient individuals, that forms its eyes in simulations of dire unity, is enough.

One blog reader is enough. Can you handle a crowd anyway. I wonder if not.

How many times could I copy and paste that sentence "One blog reader is enough." and insert it into this post? Would I reach a limit, a wall, a stopping metered point? A stop that points to the past and not the future, that would disallow prohibit and prevent another line?

Or could it go on infinitely? A post that scrolled eternally?

One blog reader is enough.

"The enigmatic model of the line is thus the very thing that philosophy could not see when it had its eyes open on the interior of its own history. This night begins to lighten a little at the moment when linearity--which is not loss or absence but the repression of pluri-dimensional symbolic thought--relaxes its oppression because it begins to sterilize the technical and scientific economy that it has long favored.

In fact for a long time its possibility has been structurally bound up with that of economy, of technics, of ideology. This solidarity appears in the process of thesaurization, capitalization, sedentarization, hierarchization, of the formation of ideology by the class that writes or rather commands the scribes.

Not that the massive reappearance of nonlinear writing interrupts this structural solidarity, quite the contrary. But it transforms its nature profoundly.

The end of linear writing is indeed the end of the book, even if, even today, it is within the form of a book that new writings--literary or theoretical--allow themselves to be, for better or for worse, encased. It is less a question of confiding new writings to the envelope of a book than of finally reading what wrote itself between the lines in the volumes.

That is why, beginning to write without the line, one begins also to reread past writing according to a different organization of space. If today the problem of reading occupies the forefront of science, it is because of this suspense between two ages of writing, to write differently, we must reread differently."

--Jacques Derrida, Of Grammatology.

Blog writing is non-linear. We may think there is a line stretched from one post to the other, or even one sentence to another, but who can predict at what point a reader may exit, bounce to another post within our blog, or click on out and visit another?

Who knows when that reader will return? At what point in our post stream? The next post? Or never? Somewhere in between? Between what we were when we wrote it and what we are now, then?

So the hyper-text is also multi-voiced, movement-oriented, a swift ebb and flow in and out of what we cannot know. We may not know all the nodes, every blog that links to our posts or main page.

Circular musings and well-orbed convolutions in a post-linear blur.


carrie said...


even if that one blog reader doesn't like you or your blog?

this is a hypothetical question...

steven edward streight said...

yeh,,,even if that one reader of my blog is me, to seep through in self-communication, with self-loathing slanting all over everything, even if that reader, even if the blogger itself, is not liking it.

Influence or irritate, it all amounts to the same: zero times infinity is zero.