David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.

24 October 2013

Reinventing the Wheel : The Medium Is the Medium Is the Message Is the Massage

Yesterday our sales rep. traveled to Acronym City to spruik at MADA and MUMA for blogs and bLOGOS/HA HA.

Loman says he was well received - the presentation well attended and the TAR attentive - but, again, no sales. 

At the conclusion of his spiel, Bill asked for a show-of-hands : Who here has a blog? No one. Why not, asks Bill? Old media, they told him.

Loman is long-in-the-tooth old media too, but he reckons this threw him. Apparently he then asked if Publication is now old media?

All morning he's been going on about Fukuyama and Black Mirror and Marshall McLuhan and The medium is still the message : bloody Painting, bloody post-Conceptual bloody Twitter bloody bloody bloody...

We're a bit worried about old BL. 

Here, to regard your regard, an image of the amused and mediated Mr. McLuhan.

 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something ...