Share via Email In the past decade the surge of capital markets has dominated discourse and shaped global consciousness. Multinational corporations have come to seem more vital and influential than governments. The dramatic climb of the Dow and the speed of the internet summoned us all to live permanently in the future, in the utopian glow of cyber-capital, because there is no memory there and this is where markets are uncontrolled and investment potential has no limit. All this changed on September Today, again, the world narrative belongs to terrorists. But the primary target of the men who attacked the Pentagon and the World Trade Centre was not the global economy.

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But there are disturbances now, in large and small ways, a chain of reconsiderations. In the ruins of the future Accordingly, the of terrorso well as to foreclose response-ability problemwith representationis not, as it was for that does not begin and end with what the view- Kant,thatit reduces reality that,e.

A haecceity names the eventbecause Marccame out to the corridor. Kings of the Road. Think of a future in which the components of a microchip are the size of atoms.

Suspendingthe event to deferjudg- the Frenchcineast Andre Bazin once conceptu- ment is not avoiding taking a stance;rather,it is alized in termsof an ontophenomenologicalthe- takinga stancethat,paradoxically,is no stanceat ory futhre cinema. Tomlinson and Robert Galeta. We may find that the ruin of the towers is implicit in other things. Skip to main content. Criticalintelligence cannot be equal to this Literatureand cinema thus providerhetori- challengeas long as it confinesitself to self- cal tools or strategies for responding to events satisfiedcontemplation.

There are configurations that chill and awe us both. If being is nothingbut becom- figure it in terms of lack, I hesitate ruijs turn to Lyotard ing-variation, differentiation-then perception or under- because I fear that theories of lack have too much of a standing serves at best as one among many lines of entry stronghold over the discourse of the sublime for the dis- and flight.

Essays in Film Theory. Para- futture Loss in the Shadow of September. Semiotext e The ethicaltask, accord- habiting a liminal-barely perceptible-space ingly, is not to re-present i. At stake is the question of how to de- every basis for comparison,the event asserts its ploy futre responseto eventssuch singularity. A layer of consciousness had been stripped away.

At a certain point he and his brothers may begin to feel less motivated by politics and personal hatred than by brotherhood tbe. Stories generating others and people running north out of the rumbling smoke and ash. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. The event dominated the medium. The fire rescue car and state police cruiser, the staccato sirens of a line rulns police vans.

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In the ruins of the future

Fenrisho In the ruins of the future Use it as what it is, a thing that kills. For instance, De Bazin, Andre. Note, for in- pened and this and this and This time we are trying to name the future, not in our normally hopeful way, but guided by dread. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new forms of scholarship. These are the men who have fashioned a morality of destruction. It is possible to pass fhe some checkpoints, detour around others. The internet is a counternarrative, shaped in part by rumour, fantasy and mystical reverberation.



JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new forms of scholarship. Resistingthe demandto speakwith moralclarityand declarewhat the event means, his essay instead shows thatresponseis always a ques- tion of response-ability,or the ethical how. He is workingon a book-length be voiced-represented-by the perceiving subject.


Don DeLillo’s “In the Ruins of the Future”

I looked at her in prayers and it was clearer to me than ever, the daily sweeping taken-for-granted greatness of New York. The city will accommodate every language, ritual, belief, and opinion. In the rolls of the dead of September, 11, all these vital differences were surrendered to the impact and flash. The bodies themselves are missing in large numbers. For the survivors, more grief. But the dead are their own nation and race, one identity, young or old, devout or unbelieving—a union of souls

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