Aphoristic Essay on Analog and Digital Orders är senaste alstret från internetpoeten/-teoretikern Alan Sondheim. Extraherar lite genom att klippa fritt i texten:
The analog appears continuous; the digital appears discrete, broken.
Every mapping leaves something out. The intervention requires the setting of a standard raster. The standardization of the raster is a protocol. The protocol must be agreed upon by both sender and receiver.
Coding and community establishes raster and protocol. Encoding codes an object from analog to digital. From the viewpoint of the digital, the analog is forgotten; the process is irreversible.
The digital is the carving-away of what is deemed extraneous.
The world of everyday life appears continuous; it is only in dreams, for example, one encounters jump-cuts – sudden shifts of place and time.
The analog smoothes what the digital disrupts.
Without the digital, communication would be impossible.
As far as current research goes; there are quantum processes that involve discrete levels, and there are continuums; there is the breakdown of space-time at small distances/times, and so forth. In other words, mental and fundamental physical events and processes abjure any clear distinction between analog and digital, to the extent that the phenomenology of both is inappropriate.