amerika

august 5th 1998

THE WRITER AS

PSEUDO-AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL

WORK-IN-PROGRESS

"Now, as art becomes less art, it takes on philosophy's early role as critique of life. As a result of this movement out of art and back into everyday life, art itself becomes integrated into the workings of everyday life by situating itself in corporations, universities, governments and the vast electrosphere that houses the pluralistic cultures they thrive on. So it's now possible to reject the print-centric, paternal paradigm of a distanced, objectifying, linear and perspectival vision. In the age of network cultures, the eye touches rather than sees. It immerses itself in the tactile sense it feels when caught in the heat of the meaning-making process. This meaning-making process, which manifests itself as kind of electronic media event one is responsible for having created themselves as a result of having become a cyborg-narrator or avatar-presence in the simulated worlds of cyberspace, is actually part of a greater desire to become part of a socio-cultural mosaic."
Mark Amerika is the founding Director of alt-x Publishing Network and editor for Black Ice Fiction . Mark is the author of Grammatron, exemplar of viral technolust. He likes to eat silken tofu with lashings of fresh ginger.
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