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Blogtalk Downunder » Platonic reification

Blogtalk Downunder
   May 19-22, Sydney

Blogtalk Downunder

Platonic reification

Numerous commentators, perhaps most famously Walter Ong, have detailed the manner in which writing is a technological apparatus which has had significant consequences for what constitutes thinking and rationality. This is an argument that can easily slide into technological determinism, however, as Ong, McLuhan, Ellis, Ellul and more recently Ulmer have argued, the material specificities of any media are significant in relation to what becomes possible to express, make and do within that medium. In the context of this essay these are described as the ‘material affordances‘ of the medium.

By ‘Platonic reification’ all that I mean is that the separation of the material substrate from the content is the continuation of the platonic conceit of an ideality above, or separate, from its manifest and concrete expression. Or, if you prefer, a trumped up Cartesianism where the distinction between mind and body is reiterated with considerable vigour in the distinction made between the text as an ideality and as a physical artefact. In most contemporary academic writing practices, outside of specific design disciplines, there is little or no recognition of the materiality of writing (for instance a concern with typography, layout, and so on). Writing is understood to be about ideas and the words on page or screen are always understood to be merely place holders or indicators towards these ideas. It is these ideas, much more than the materiality of text, that is understood to count.

One of the great, though unrecognised contributions, of hypertext theory has been to recognise that the medium does make a difference and in relation to reconsidering textual practice (or practices of textuality) this would appear to be analogous to the same recognition that has swept through new media studies where the body (temporarily absented under naive conditions of the ‘virtual’) has returned in all its corporeal inevitability.


note: This page forms a part of a hypertext essay by Adrian Miles. The homepage for this essay is located at:
http://incsub.org/blogtalk/?page_id=74
A long version of this paper (containing some but not all of the text contained in the hypertext version) is available at:
http://incsub.org/blogtalk/?page_id=76

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