Re: Computer chicken

Subject: Re: Computer chicken
From: Michael Gogins (
Date: Thu Sep 29 2005 - 13:24:20 EDT

Or, _The Question Concerning Technology_ by Martin Heidegger.

I would say that technology is constitutive of humanity -- another way of saying that humanity is the tool-using species. At this point, technology has a deep history and an unconscious side, just like any other human tradition. The tool certainly conditions what you do with it, but you may not be aware of just how that works. What this means is what Heidegger was trying to deal with. I don't think he succeeded and I don't much care for Heidegger as either a person or as a philosopher, but at least he was trying, which is more than one can say about most philosophers.

I get the feeling from Heidegger that he thought humanity has suckered itself into an abyss of alienation by using high technology, but there is absolutely no retreat. We either will learn how to use high technology in a way that reveals instead of concealing, or we will turn ourselves into some sort of tame human commodity. He offered little help in this direction, but I certainly think the essay is relevant to computer music, about which Heidegger probably knew exactly nothing.

The situation with respect to music and technology today applies to ALL music since ALL music today depends on high technology for recording, marketing, broadcast, publicity, etc.


-----Original Message-----
From: Eliot Handelman <>
Sent: Sep 29, 2005 4:00 PM
Subject: Re: Computer chicken

bill thompson wrote:

>i think the point is that it's not the machine but
>what you put in it right?

Why not try reading McLuhan? He's still very relevant.

-- eliot

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