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By Scrymarch (Tue Oct 25, 2016 at 07:53:03 AM EST) Groys whoah iconoclasm phone-angels (all tags)
I remember lm and I once had a short argument about religious iconoclasm and pointer arithmetic on a site that no longer exists.

Well, Boris Groys seems to have taken it up a level.

[T]he image file is not an image—the image file is invisible. The digital image is an effect of the visualization of the invisible image file, of the invisible digital data. Only the protagonists of the movie The Matrix (1999) were able to see the image files, the digital code as such.

In more theological terms: the digital file functions as an angel—as an invisible messenger transmitting a divine command. But a human being remains external to this message, to this command, and thus condemned to contemplate only its visual effects. We are confronted here with the transposition of a divine/human dichotomy from a metaphysical to a technical level”

I liked the bit about repetition too.

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The first thing that comes to mind ... by lm (4.00 / 1) #1 Thu Oct 27, 2016 at 06:20:28 PM EST
Some sects of Islam talk about the written Quran not being the Quran yet pointing to an invisible, eternal Quran.

A digital Quran file would qualify as that but probably not in the way that those old Sufi mystics meant.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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