|Realism and a General Economy of the Link
Currents in Electronic Literacy Spring 2001 (4), <http://www.cwrl.utexas.edu/
Bataille, rather dogmatically, states:
He has also argued that "it is not necessity but its contrary, "luxury," that presents living matter and mankind with their fundamental problems." (12, italics in original).
In relation to the link, and to link use and usability, there is always attached to the link a moment or element of risk and openness which is the excess that Bataille has described as "luxury". Luxury, of course, is defined by its excessive irrelevance to use.