By Lee Siegel
From the writer hailed by means of the New York instances booklet evaluate for his “drive-by brilliance” and dubbed via the New York Times Magazine as “one of the country’s so much eloquent and acid-tongued critics” comes a ruthless problem to the traditional knowledge concerning the such a lot consequential cultural improvement of our time: the net.
Of direction the web isn't really something or one other; if whatever, its boosters declare, the net is every thing instantly. It’s develop into not just our basic medium for communique and data but additionally where we visit store, to play, to discuss, to discover love. Lee Siegel argues that our ever-deepening immersion in life on-line doesn’t simply reshape the standard rhythms of our days; it additionally reshapes our minds and tradition, in methods with which we haven’t but reckoned. the net and its cultural correlatives and by-products—such because the dominance of fact tv and the increase of the “bourgeois bohemian”—have became privateness into functionality, play into trade, and pressured “self-expression” with artwork. or even as expertise specialists ply their exchange using the language of freedom and democracy, we cede progressively more keep watch over of our freedom and individuality to the wishes of the machine—that confluence of commercial and know-how whose barriers now stretch to surround just about all human job.
Siegel’s argument isn’t a Luddite intervention opposed to the web itself yet quite a bracing allure for us to take care of how it is reworking us all. Dazzlingly erudite, packed with startlingly unique insights, and buoyed by way of sharp wit, Against the Machine will strength you to determine our culture—for greater and worse—in a completely new way.
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If we bear in mind that Dewi Sri's character as agricultural goddess allots her at the same time a permanent, and invariable place in the system of classification which must once have governed all Javanese logic, then in my opinion there appears in these, apparently altogether so confused and disconnected, myths a natural connection, a definite progressive logical progress, which also makes them quite comprehensive to us. Then we find those features, mentioned above as characteristic of the lakons in general, also here in the same context, and they have the same meaning ; and then it becomes clear at the same time that, as far as these lakons are concerned, a division of the wayang repertoire into Indian and Indonesian plays, in the sense in which it was intended, has no reason to exist.
As the ancestors of the two phratties, who by their example must establish the exogamous marriage, they are destined to marry, but first they must undergo the initiation ceremonies for this. When the play begins the initiation of Raden sedana has even begun: he has disappeared from court, and in spite of all efforts to find him he is not to be traced. e. t5 Now the ruler's daughter, Dewi Sri, is also to undergo the pains of initiation, and the demon of this ceremony appears here, as so often, in the form of the foreign ruler of Me~<;lang kumuwung, who asks for her in marriage; he is a representative of the left phratry, and the puppet depicting him in the wayang is also one of the "tyrant type"; also his envoys, who, in the style of their master, convey his proposal of marriage in an arrogant tone, are butas.
Niversiteitsbibliotheek, II (1911), 410. Winter, Jcruaansche Mytlwlogie; in Tijdschrift I'oor Neerlands lndie 5 (1843), 1, pp. 1--88. See: Notulen van het Botooiaasch Gen. v. K. , XVII (1879), bijlage 11, p. VII-XI. ON THE MEANING OF JAVANESE DRAMA 15 of heaven if I did not know everything before I was told of it; the reason for your asceticism lies in your wish to equal me, but in my opinion that is impossible, even though you torment yourself for a thousand years; for fate has decreed that I shall be the lord of heaven; I am the oldest!