Digital and Analogue/Virtual and Actual/Metaphysical and Immanent

by stronged

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Noticed this on Steve’s blog and thought it an interesting system to assess. Like a muscle, a certain path strengthens the more you use it within the digital sector. The more popular websites step up the ladder within the hierarchy of online databases with each click a user activates. However, in the actual world I would imagine the roads/highways/freeways used most commonly depicted in this image would wear out over time. An impermanence evident.

The difference between actual and virtual worlds is touched upon in this youtube talk:

Deleuze and Computers – Alexander R. Galloway (accessed 1/05/13)

Galloway explains the difference between a digital and analogue system in the language of Deleuze. Metaphysical philosopher’s tend to approach the world as a digital system would; slicing up the world into homogenous elements to then reform in a dense assemblage. Philosopher’s operating from an immanentist perspective view the world as a system of analogue interactions. Each system is comprised of independent elements, therefore a modular, underlying heterogeneity exists within each assemblage (i.e. The wasp and the orchid).

Galloway’s terminology does not seem to pinpoint an exact contrast of what he discusses in his talk. If he uses the term immanent, then the contrast to that would be transcendent. This offers another dimension to Galloway’s discourse, evoking my experience with the psychological terms internal and external locus of control. Perhaps these are useful terms to capture the essence of each system of assemblage.

Beginning to experiment and make short vine’s for my new precursor assessment, the thought occurred to me that the shear volume of footage required to create a Korsakow interactive documentary using vine’s as my source material is immense. So perhaps the quantity and quality is an important factor when discussing the differences between analogue and digital systems. That by being modular in character, analogue relies on the quality of each element involved in the system. Rather than digital, that best operates when there is more options available in it’s system/database. The more links, hits and information associated with any given digital system, the more useful it becomes. Therefore, the quantity dictates it’s quality.