Sunday, April 03, 2005

Gibberish from Academe (where else?)

A web address worth visiting for a plenitude – or even a surfeit of Gibberish is Australia's Wackiest Academic Web Sites. The following extract is from a Paper by Dave Eden (ANU) in the e-journal Colloquy. His article is titled Dissonance and Mutations – Theorising Counter Culture.

I think he's saying that he doesn't like computers and TV and other high-tech stuff... sometimes... for other people... like the unwashed masses... but he can handle it OK... because he's like... smart and savvy. I think that's what he's trying to say, but I'm not really sure – I don't think I'm savvy enough.

"This social factory is constituted through the globe on all social territory, and networked together through a dense mesh of digital information systems. The advent of the social factory and the rise of cybernetic communications (the internet, digital TV and so on) are impossible without each other. The social factory thus manipulates and manages multiple sites through computerised communication and the immaterial labour of symbolic manipulation is becoming the most important work of the global industry. More and more emphasis is placed on the creation of consumer desire; on the production of statistical information about all parts of the labour process; on the re-labelling and design of all social territory; on the projection of reified consumer icons (logos) across all interaction; on the meshing of financial markets together; on the co-ordination of planetary weapons systems; the organisation of just-in-time production; international trade."