Monday, March 1, 2010

Entrance: "The Pre-Filmic Space"

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Shot One: “The Title Card”

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{Shot One: “The Title Card”} Postscript on the Societies of Control []This opening title frame begs questions: What are 'societies of control?' Why are there 'societies' and not a society? What is 'control?' How does 'control' function? This shall be designated by the code ?, like Barthes hermeneutic code, this code ? refers to “all the units...”. (? an enigma: question). [][]The word control has connotations of government, power, knowledge, and agency. This second code, which was the the semic or SEM for Barthes, shall be designated the metonymic (MET) code referring to the moments in which a word opens to its suggested connotations. The subject of the the metonymic code shall not offer an absolute answer, but one opening in the texts mise-en-sens. (MET. Power). [][][]CONTROL this the associative or schizophrenic code (SCH), shall function as exemplification of the hypertextual form: a blatant associative excursion in the commentary. This code which is not proper by Barthes method, will complicate other codes: here it contradicts our reproduction of the first frame and hermeneutic code by providing an answer, though it is only one of many. (SCH. CONTROL).

Shot Two: “A Jump-Cut Due to Missing Frames / Start of the Sequence”

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{Shot Two: “A Jump-Cut Due to Missing Frames / Start of the Sequence”} We no longer find ourselves []Here we will observe an action that shall be highlighted by the proairetic or code of actions (ACT). Each of these actions shall, like Barthes method, have a “generic name.” (ACT “to find oneself”: to make self-observation, self-reflect).

Shot Three: “Tracking Shot 1”

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{Shot Three: “Tracking Shot 1”} dealing with the mass/individual pair. [] ACT. “To deal with” : to handle. [][] In this shot there is also an antithesis―individual to mass―given as a binary split by “/.” As Barthes marked such units “in this symbolic area with the letters SYM,” we shall mark these frames as the structuralist or binary code (BIN) (BIN. Antithesis: A/B binary).

Shot Four: “Dialogue: Shot”

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{Shot Four: “Dialogue: Shot”} Individuals have become “dividuals,” []ACT. “Have become”: developed into. [][] What is a dividual? How has the individual made this change? (?. Enigma: questions). [][][] dividual―this term not only represents an enigma but also a system of thought. This is a cultural system of thought that we shall identify as Critical Theory. This reference to a particular discourse shall, like Barthes' “cultural code,” we shall frame this as the discourse code abbreviated DIS. (DIS Critical Theory). [][][][]SCH. DIVIDUAL

Shot Five: “Dialogue: Reverse Shot”

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{Shot Five: “Dialogue: Reverse Shot”} and masses, samples, data, markets, or “banks.” []ACT. “Have become”: developed into. [][]The new form of masses “samples, data, markets, or 'banks'” form a structuring signifier: the totality of the capitalist system. (MET. Capitalism)

Shot Six: “Cut To A Long Shot”

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{Shot Six: “Cut To A Long Shot”} Perhaps it is money that expresses the distinction between the two societies best, since discipline always referred back to minted money that locks gold in as numerical standard, while control relates to floating rates of exchange, modulated according to a rate established by a set of standard currencies. []ACT “to express”: to show. [][]Antithesis established between disciplinary society and the society of control. (BIN. Antithesis: since A, while B).

Shot Seven: “360 Degree Pan From Long Shot”

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{Shot Seven: “360 Degree Pan From Long Shot”} The old monetary mole is the animal of the spaces of enclosure, but the serpent is that of the societies of control. []Antithesis 1: between 'mole' and 'serpent' (BIN. 1: Antithesis: A is to A', as B is to B'). [][]Antithesis 2: between 'spaces of enclosure' and 'societies of control' (BIN. 2: Antithesis A', B'). [][][]ACT, appears twice, “is”: to be. [][][][]MET.spaces of enclosure” : disciplinary societies.

Shot Eight: “Cut to A Medium Shot”

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{Shot Eight: “Cut to A Medium Shot”} We have passed from one animal to the other, from the mole to the serpent, in the system under which we live, but also in our manner of living and in our relations with others. []ACT “We have passed”: society has moved from. [][]Antithesis 'mole' to 'serpent' (BIN A to B). [][][]MET. “system under which we live,” : Late-Capitalism, post-modernity, etc...

Shot Nine: “Cut To A Tracking Shot 2”

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{Shot Nine: “Cut To A Tracking Shot 2”} The disciplinary man was a discontinuous producer of energy, but the man of control is undulatory, in orbit, in a continuous network. []Antithesis 'disciplinary man' and 'man of control' (BIN. Antithesis A is, but B is). [][]ACT “is” / “was”: to be. [][][] Here the frame marks a metonymic function of the “continuous network” for something such as the World Wide Web. (MET. “continous network” : Internet).

Shot Ten: "Tracking Shot Stops, Slow Zoom Out"

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{Shot Ten: “Tracking Shot Stops, Slow Zoom Out”} Everywhere surfing has already replaced the older sports. []Antithesis established between the action of 'surfing' and the 'older sports.' (BIN. Antithesis A and B). [][]'Surfing' is the metonymy of the action verb to explore the internet. (MET. “surfing” : digital exploration). [][][]Engima: What are the 'older sports?' Why are they replaced? (? Enigma: questions). [][][][]SCH. 1 SURFING. [][][][][]SCH. 2 OLDER SPORTS


From page 17 of Roland Barthes S/Z:

“Let us designate as hermeneutic code (HER) all the units whose function it is to articulate in various ways a question, its response, and the variety of chance event which can either formulate the question or delay its answer; or eve, constitute an enigma and lead to its solution.”