Monday, March 26, 2007

I Think that was a Compliment but what in the Heck does it Mean?

A few readers have commented on the Bob Dobbs quote adorning my What People Are Saying section, stating that they are having a bit of difficulty in understanding exactly what the quote means. I myself had to look up many of the words [in the hopes that the quote meant something positive], and so, with dictionary in hand, I have decided to translate the quote into layman's terms for myself and the ease of my audience. To those media students who knew what the quote meant from the get-go you have my admiration.

The original quote:

'Plaza of the Mind is a clinamen away from the holeopathic replay by the Android Meme of the old perceptual agon of electrically-programmed youth confronting the Gutenbergian Establishment. Irresistible Force meets Immovable Object.'

-Bob Dobbs

According to Wikipedia, Clinamen is the name Lucretius gave to the spontaneous microscopic swerving of atoms from a vertical path as they fall (2.216-293). According to Lucretius, there would be no contact between atoms without the clinamen, and so, "No collision would take place and no impact of atom upon atom would be created. Thus nature would never have created anything." This was first described in Epicurian physics.

but more importantly, pertaining to this quote at least, is that:

The term has also been taken up by Harold Bloom to describe the inclinations of writers to "swerve" from the influence of their predecessors; it is the first of his "Ratios of Revision" as described in The Anxiety of Influence.

Holeopathic Replay refers to the exertion of will on the part of the Android Meme, which was represented as an analogy in the trilogy of Matrix films, the idea that past-times become pass-times, causing a sort of mass-hypnosis on the collective unconscious.

An Agon, of course, is t
he conflict on which a literary work turns.

I assume that I fall into the role of
the electrically-programmed youth and that the Gutenbergian Establishment is the role played by the collective unconscious underneath the Android Meme's replay of Visual Space [as made obvious by the proliferation of Barnes and Noble and Borders bookstores over the past decade - to me at least].

And lastly,
Irresistible Force meets Immovable Object, pertains [in my interpretation] to the ceaseless bashing of the electrically-programmed youth's head against the wall of the Android Meme.

I want to remind everyone that this is my interpretation of the Dobbs quote and may not reflect the meaning that he was attempting to convey. If anyone else would like to share their interpretation, I invite them to do so.