virtual bodies etc.

- "Once encoding in the material base has taken place, it cannot easily be changed. Prints and proteins in this sense have more in common with each other than with any magnetic or electronic encodings." (p.73)

and

"The immateriality of the text, deriving from a translation of mechanical advantage into informational patterns, allows transformations to take place that would be unthinkable if matter or energy were the primary basis for the systemic exchanges." (p.76)

I wonder how nano technology might complicate her view of proteins, DNA, and matter being immutable or at least harder to change than a microsoft word document. Stem cells are already blank slates and some of the nanotech buzz that predicts a post-scarcity economy seems to buy into a level of human control over matter that is akin to our current control of encodings.

- "Cyberspace is creating by transforming a date matrix into a landscape in which narratives can happen" (p.83):


nice inclusion of that chappelle bit. that's a funny one. i think it's also interesting in light of hayles' essay about the tension between presence/absence and pattern/randomness. the whole premise of the bit is imagining that the internet is a "real place" - that is, if the internet existed as a physically present entity rather than as a huge amount of patterned information. i think, because of our history with presence/absence, we really want to stay in that distinction. however, pattern/randomness and presence/absence seem pretty equivalent to me. pattern is the new presence, and randomness is the new absence. i remember specifically how hayles mentions a character in "white noise" whose brain processes become reduced to pure randomness, white noise, and who therefore becomes absent, even though he still existed physically.