PRINT April 1995


SINCE THE LATE ’50s Michel Serres has been attending to the latest in systems of communication, and to their repetition and rehearsal of problems that still spill out of the archives or lexica of philosophy, literature, and myth. Technology isn’t only about machines; it’s built out of discursive building blocks that are also blockages, aporia that just won’t go away. Such is the problem of murder, which Serres sees as the initiating event and advent of representation. Is there anything new about the rep or rap given murder in our most current, media contexts of serial repetition? Or are we still stuck in the age-old context or contest between iconophiles and iconoclasts that right from the start of our mass culture has mixed the sense of “mass” as group, and as metonym for the media, with the word’s destinal meaning of Christian Communion?

This was already the program in Serres’ first book,

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