18 April 2009

Derrida's Computer

I wrote more and more 'straight onto' the machine: first the mechanical typewriter; then the electric typewriter, in 1979; then finally the computer, around 1986 or 1987. I can't do without it any more now, this little Mac, especially when I'm working at home; I can't even remember or understand how I was able to get on before without it. It's a quite different kind of getting going, a quite different exercise of 'getting to work'. I don't know whether the electric typewriter or the computer make the text 'too readable' and 'too clear' for us. The volume, the unfolding of the operation, obeys another organigram, another organology. I don't feel the interposition of the machine as a sort of progress in transparency, univocity, or easiness. Rather, we are participating in a partly new plot.
// Jacques Derrida, from "The Word Processor" in The Paper Machine

1 comment:

mace said...

I think that is a fascinating dialogue, and luckily available from Google Books in it's entirety.