Being Specific

In a lecture the conversation turned to taxonomies of classification. I railed against the value of such things, largely influenced by my recent readings of Bogost, Barad, and Morton.

One of the examples that was shown in class to think about some stuff was The Johnny Cash Project and MIT’s Moments of Innovation. Put the two together and what taxonomies occlude becomes manifest, for The Johnny Cash project is at least participatory, interactive, remix, and relies on data visualisation. And at least two of these terms are not about “representation and technology“, at least in terms of documentary representation and digital technology.

Specifities matter much more than generalisations. I think we need to get busy with specificities.

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