Tagarchief: Benedict Anderson

Bc #99: Benedict Anderson

After experiencing the physiological and emotional changes produced by puberty, it is impossible to ‘remember’ the consciousness of childhood. How many thousands of days passed between infancy and early adulthood vanish beyond direct recall! How strange it is to need another’s help to learn that this naked baby in the yellowed photograph, sprawled happily on rug or cot, is you. The photograph, fine child of the age of mechanical reproduction, is only the most peremptory of a huge modern accumulation of documentary evidence … which simultaneously records a certain apparent continuity and emphasizes its loss from memory. Out of this estrangement comes a conception of personhood, identity (yes, you and that naked baby are identical) which, because it can not be ‘remembered’ must be narrated.

(Uit: Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities, Londen/New York: Verso, 1991, 204)


Bc #71: Benedict Anderson

[E]ach colony appeared like a detachable piece of a jigsaw puzzle. As this jigsaw’ effect became normal, each ‘piece’ could be wholly detached from its geographic context. In its final form all explanatory glosses could be summarily removed: lines of longitude and latitude, place names, signs for rivers, seas, and mountains, neighbours. Pure sign, no longer compass to the world.

(Uit: Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities, Londen/New York: Verso, 1991, 175)

Bc #49: Thongchai

In terms of most communication theories and common sense, a map is a scientific abstraction of reality. A map merely represents something which already exists objectively ‘there.’ [Within Indonesian history], this relationship was reversed. A map anticipated spatial reality, not vice versa. In other words, a map was a model for, rather than a model of, what it purported to represent. … It had become a real instrument to concretize projections on the earth’s surface. A map was now necessary for the new administrative mechanisms and for the troops to back up their claims. … The discourse of mapping was the paradigm which both administrative and military operations worked within and served.

(Uit: Thongchai, ‘Siam Mapped’, 110, in: Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities, Londen/New York: Verso, 1991, 173-4)

Ik hoor erbij! De Tijdlijn en de Newsfeed als Identificatiemiddel


Even de nu.nl– of NOS-app op de telefoon checken, scrollen door de Facebook-tijdlijn: voor heel veel mensen is het verrichten van deze handelingen dagelijkse vaste routineprik, zowel thuis als onderweg en ‘op de zaak’. Van het verrichten van deze handelingen wordt door deze en gene van alles van gevonden: het is goed om te doen want het houdt je scherp, of het is juist slecht om te doen want je gunt je hersenen geen rust, enzovoorts.

De redenen waarom de (sociale) media op zo’n grote schaal geraadpleegd worden blijven in dit soort fijne ja-neediscussies meestal niet getoucheerd. Het blijft meestal bij de nietszeggende constatering dat het een oppervlakkige bezigheid is. Maar is dat nou echt alles? Hoog tijd om op onderzoek uit te gaan. Lees verder