No(i)stalgia: On the impossibility of recognising noise in the present

Hainge, Greg (2005) No(i)stalgia: On the impossibility of recognising noise in the present. Culture, Theory and Critique, 46 1: 1-10. doi:10.1080/14735780500102348

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Author Hainge, Greg
Title No(i)stalgia: On the impossibility of recognising noise in the present
Journal name Culture, Theory and Critique   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1473-5784
Publication date 2005-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14735780500102348
Volume 46
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Editor Greg Hainge
P. Hegarty
Place of publication UK
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject C1
420302 Cultural Theory
780199 Other
2002 Cultural Studies
200525 Literary Theory
Abstract Starting from a comparison between the process of writing by hand and writing to screen, this paper contends that there is a continuity between the former, apparently archaic form of writing, and the latter, supposedly more modern form of writing. It will be suggested that, rather than being truly archaic, writing by hand perhaps constitutes a nostalgic act which attempts to bypass the perceived virtuality of the postmodern condition. As such, it will be claimed, via Baudrillard, that nostalgia of this kind is a type of hyper-simulacrum that relies on a misinterpretation of the noise created by the very act of expression. It will be claimed, however, that if interpreted without the sort of wilful misinterpretation to which noise often falls prey, many kinds of noise grafted onto contemporary cultural objects bear testimony to a certain continuity across historical eras as well as to the fact that we are ultimately incapable of recognising many cultural products' noise (and thus the products themselves in their entirety) in their own era. This paper therefore calls for a noisy theory which, analysing the world from an immanent position, would acknowledge the impossibility of full knowledge of the sign
Q-Index Code C1
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