Split Infinities

1. Modernization and Its Discontents

Automobiles, bombs, and movies keep the whole thing together.

Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno, Dialectic of Enlightenment

Modernization, as Trent Schroyer puts it in The Critique of Domination, is "a permanent revolution of scientific and technological innovation.”1 Modernization is the up-front efficient production of knowledge, and the seemingly unlimited capacity for the virtual interchangeability of technology. . . .

The motor of Modernization is communications. Modernization is the very magnitudes, extensions, and accelerated tempos of information networks and codes of knowledge. The media simultaneously issues from and issues progress reports on the Modernization process: rapid circulation of world events, financial data, political information, military developments, etc. Also art news! Speeded-up dissemination of (too much) information doesn’t

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