In Parables for the Virtual Brian Massumi views the body and media such as television, film, and the Internet, as cultural formations that operate on multiple. In _Parables for the Virtual_ Brian Massumi views the body and media such as television, film, and the Internet, as cultural formations that operate on multiple. Parables for the virtual: movement, affect, sensation I Brian Massumi. p. cm.-(Post -contemporary intervcntions) lncludcs bibliographical refcrcnces and indcx.
|Published (Last):||26 February 2005|
|PDF File Size:||1.76 Mb|
|ePub File Size:||8.45 Mb|
|Price:||Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]|
Goodreads helps you keep thf of books you want to read. Mzssumi to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Parables for the Virtual by Brian Massumi.
Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation by Brian Massumi. Although the body has been the focus of much contemporary cultural theory, the models that are typically applied neglect the most salient characteristics of embodied existence—movement, affect, and sensation—in favor of concepts derived from linguistic theory.
In Parables for the Virtual Brian Massumi views the body and media such as television, film, and the Internet, as Although the body has been the parxbles of much contemporary cultural theory, the models that are typically applied neglect the most salient characteristics of embodied existence—movement, affect, and sensation—in favor of concepts derived from linguistic theory. In Parables for the Virtual Brian Massumi views the body and media such as television, film, and the Internet, as cultural formations that operate on multiple registers of sensation beyond the reach of the reading techniques founded on the standard rhetorical and semiotic models.
If such concepts are as fundamental as signs and significations, he argues, then a new set of theoretical issues appear, and with them potential new paths for the wedding of scientific and cultural theory.
The result is an intriguing combination of cultural theory, science, and philosophy that asserts itself in a crystalline and multi-faceted argument. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions vvirtual Parables for the Virtualplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Parables for the Virtual.
Yhe with This Book. Nov 05, Philip Cherny rated it it was ok Shelves: Not without empathy do I scoff at the author, for I’d be parabes hypocrite if I didn’t accuse myself of making the same mistake of assuming my forr are as excited as I am about some obscure philosophical insight or worse, merely reframing some old problem in some new way.
Today’s scholars might benefit from a little self-parody, perhaps even sincerity to massu,i point of self-critical neurosis. I only need to step into the text from a slightly diff angle to parse out the “profound” insights, but I’m finding myself too turned off by the sentimental “fluff.
Parables for the Virtual | Duke University Press
My disappointment stems in part from the fact that I love the outside sources Massumi brings together—namely Deleuze, though to a lesser extent: I sympathize completely with the need for a discussion of virtuality centered around affect, movement, and sensation.
In fact, I’d go so far as to espouse them as crucial concerns for any aesthetic or phenomenological enterprise today. In short, I agree with Massumi’s cause but not his application or his methodology.
I’ve heard enough scholars harangue Reagan, American football, and violent video games. In passing, I’ll note a few interesting points here and there worth mentioning: These ideas are reflected by later technologists like Steven Johnson and Kevin Kelly http: From the macrocosmic perspective, technological development looks like an organic force. Nowhere does this seem more apparent than in cyberspace in Gibson’s sense of a collective dreamwhich drives towards and impossible communion between te two.
This idea is only implied by Massumi in a footnote on Stelarc’s “Movatar” in pp. On that note, Massumi rightly draws a sharp distinction between the virtual the almost and virtuality, which popular cultural tends to confuse.
Massumi somewhat obfuscates the personal in intentionality by referring to it in terms of affect. A body present is in a dissolve: It coincides with its potential…Anything that endures varies. Anything that varies in some way caries the continuities of its variations. Before and after it becomes an object, it is an inexhaustible reserve of surprise. The real is the snowballing process that makes a certainty of change.
Jan 12, Lidiana de Moraes rated it liked it Shelves: The kind of theoretical text that makes you wonder: Aug 30, David Michael rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Completely changed my life, not just academically, but personally, virtul, poetically Oct 29, Nana rated it really liked it. With regards to the intention of the author to offer the reader the gift of headache, this book is clearly fot because it made my head throb with pain. But equally I must say that I feel this headache is a gift, because it opens the possibility virtuxl review Deleuzian thought in altenative ways and has opened up many possibilities.
Thank you very much, it has been received. Apr 29, Braden Scott rated it it was amazing. Aug paralbes, Jessica Zu rated it it was amazing Shelves: Only read relevant chapters. An awesome book that proposes tons of scintillating questions and a new paradigm of thinking about humanities and science.
Oct 28, Matt Sautman rated madsumi it was amazing. Massumi’s Parables for the Virtual might be a dense text for oarables new to phenomenology, but his ideas on analogues, ideality, potentiality, the virtual, time, and space make this book well worth reading for anyone interesting in deconstructing “the [implictly universal] body’s” relationship with space.
Although Massumi’s gestures towards some forms of alterity, this book does not interrogate the role ability, race, gender, etc. Nov 03, Cassey rated it liked it Shelves: Heavy reading, that demands you take your time with it. Dec 29, Alexander rated it really liked it. When Parables for the Virtua l burst onto the philosophical virthal at the turn of the millennium, it did so as if a bombshell lobbed from an alien world.
Against the reigning spirit of the time which spoke in terms of signs, discourses and ‘subject positions’, Parables presented an alternate universe in which the interlaced notions of movement, affect, event, and sensation were to be taken seriously as vectors of philosophical investigation. While the groundwork was laid down by those like Gilles When Parables for the Virtua l burst onto the philosophical scene at the turn of the millennium, it did so as if a bombshell lobbed from an alien world.
While the groundwork was laid down by those like Paraables Deleuze and Gilbert Simondon in the years preceding, Massumi staked his claim to be among the first to show – really show, pagables than tell – what awesome and fantastical territory both philosophy and cultural studies could find itself in when viewed through the lens of these powerful ideas.
From the theatrics of Reagan to the art of Stelarc the bloke who grew an ear on his arm – look him upfrom the anomalies of science to the rigors of high theory, Parables plunges all these and more into dizzying mix of performance and argument, illustration and staging – of what?
Vortual a world composed by the brina and the unique, the irreplaceable, ungeneralizable quality and ‘glow’ that marks all existence and leaves philosophy – if not us all – perennially in a state of wonder.
It is to this world that Parables draws our attention, over and against those who would instead insist upon its formulaic reproducibility, its parsing into the bloodlessness of the general and the particular, deprived of the fringes of excess and the eruptions of singularities that accompany brin being. At stake in fact is nothing less than a defense of the ‘supra-empirical’ – a defense of the reality of that which is not yet actual, but nonetheless undeniably real: Although thr some sense taken right out of the Deleuzian playbook yhe referred similarly to a ‘superior empiricism’Massumi’s achievement here is to give these ideas concrete grounding in the universe of the everyday – not abstraction but ‘lived abstraction’ is what marks the territory here.
Consider his wonderful discussion of a game of football or soccer, to please the Americansin which every element is given dynamic standing: Finally, a necessary word about the language here. As anyone virtuall even a passing virthal of Massumi will attest, his prose is The writing arcs from idea to idea like a lightning sprawl of electric light, threading concepts through concepts and weaving thoughts through examples in a way that can leave a reader gasping in its frenzied trail.
Less though an index of Gallic grandiloquence than a surging of urgent inventiveness demanding to be made equal to the philosophical creativity within.
It’s anything but easy at times, downright exhaustingbut then again, it’s nothing like anything else either. The fact is, reading Parables todayit nonetheless remains a beacon and a signpost for all those who continue to wonder what a philosophy of virtial future might yet look like. Aug 03, Michael rated it it was amazing. Massumi here strikes out from his Deleuzian base to new, relatively unbroken ground. I was impressed with his ambition. At times he is unabashed in his creation of a new vocabulary for describing the phenomena he is exploring, namely ‘movement, affect and sensation,’ as the title sets out.
This work will be indispensable in the future to others working on the parablss problematic Massumi takes up here. As a student of architecture, I found this work challenging and provocative for its implication on Massumi here strikes out from his Deleuzian base paarbles new, relatively unbroken ground. As a student of architecture, Ofr found this work challenging and provocative for its implication on building design, if not my consciousness as a whole.
It has changed the way I view my experiences. I can’t think of a more ambitious goal for a work of philosophy! Mar 14, Peter rated it it was amazing Shelves: Your mind will be blown.
Jul 13, Charles rated it really liked it. Review published in Criticism Jun 21, Larin added it. Gotta love a book where the author writes of his intention to be headache-inducing in the introduction Dec 19, Gary Norris rated it really liked it Shelves: Tyler Hinson rated it really liked it Jan 20, June rated it liked it Jul 25, Tibby Reas rated it it was amazing Mar 07, Alyssa rated it it was amazing Jul 14, Shea Joy rated it really liked it Mar 03, Maria Carson rated it it was amazing Aug 08, Andrea rated it really liked it May 24, Scott Henstrand rated it it was amazing Dec 07,