Talking Knots

"We are pessimists…but we are ardent optimists"--Lenin

[A]s writing, communication, if we retain that word, is not the means of transference of meaning, the exchange of intentions and meanings [vouloir-dire], discourse and the ‘communication of consciousness.’ We are witnessing not an end of writing that would restore, in accordance with McLuhan’s ideological representation, a transparency or an immediacy to social relations; but rather the increasingly powerful historical expansion of a general writing, of which the system of speech, consciousness, meaning, presence, truth, etc., would be only an effect, and should be analyzed as such. It is the exposure of this effect that I have elsewhere called logocentrism.

—Jacques Derrida, “Signature Event Context” (via hookedonsemiotics)

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