Arrow of Chaos: Romanticism and Postmodernity (Theory Out of by Ira Livingston

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The subsequent effect of any or all of these events could in turn have various effects on individual stars, on surrounding galaxies, or on the local microstructure of space-time, ranging from negligible to drastic. Given the motion of galaxies relative to each other, could such a range of events happen? Is a galaxy a very fragile ecology? Are individual stars, planets, or solar systems relatively imperturbable and autonomous, or are they sensitive to minute changes in the web of forces in which they are always involved?

Prisoners are at each moment located and individuated in this "antinomadic" regime of hypervisibility, Most diagrammatically, the panopticon works by intensifying and problematizing the interiority of the watchtower to the cells of the prison, since watching can otherwise take place only from "outside" or "above"; that is, embeddedness is otherwise inimical to the perspective required for watching. Thus one answer to Blake's Zen-like question-"Does the Eagle know what is in the pit? / Or wilt thou go ask the Mole ...

Arrows indicate overall directio n of movement; dotted lines show the trail of the snake's body. Intr o du ct i o n ({) Cl z :::> o CD o f- :::> o >0:: tinuous and discrete- between past, present, and future; that history really moves across its whole length at once or doesn't move at all. This is very different from weaker assertions that our "perspective" on the past and future change, or that we "reinterpret" events as we will come to be reinterpreted. These assertions are simply damage-control maneuvers to preserve the notion of an objective reality, even (especially) by perpetually deferring access to it.

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