Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Media is Message: not the message
Shadows from crows fly north, cross over trees bright
green in the early afternoon sun, not the crows them
selves—high over Jensen—darkened shapes sailing
over the Staff Parking Lot across a Saab, Camry,
Blazer, Subaru & Buick.
IT’s got to be about something, some deal or other,
but that’s not what it’s really about: it’s really about
the process of being able to be about something: some
deal or other. Crows. Trees. Cars. No big deal.
The media, in this case, is message —not the overt,
ostensible apparent message, which of course always
naturally dominates discourse: the appearances, right?
as distinct from …what? “higher” reality? Or “deeper
grammar”? or the deep ecologic of conversation?
A per-son buys a camper and takes a road trip for fun,
for something to do—alone, perhaps, or with wife and
maybe kids if they have some. Another sits on his ass
and drifts away watching squirrels in trees, sun lighting
up the morning; birds chatter, also: distant thunder of
trains and automobiles. Crows caw, as usual. Charles
one who hasn’t learned how to describe.
The air conditioner turns off.
Description is “better” than that which is described.
Composition itself: more significant than what’s
composed. And the same with “seeing” & “saying”
—the participial version indicates a value “higher”
than what the nouns channel: “seen” and “said,”
mere tokens of the process itself. Carriers. Conversation,
likewise, outweighs (so to speak) both conversants and
the stuff talked about: subject matter, object matter,
topics-- whiners of our discontent.