5.31.2011

"The telos of techne"

"To speak more generally, the ultimate goal of technology, the telos of techne, is to replace a natural world that’s indifferent to our wishes — a world of hurricanes and hardships and breakable hearts, a world of resistance — with a world so responsive to our wishes as to be, effectively, a mere extension of the self."

Tomorrow, we return more fully, in a way, to that harsher natural world as the blog concludes.

But I will say that Letters in Bottles, while it's been an extension of the self, has not been about replacing a natural world through the technological medium of a blog.  It's been more about capturing, analyzing, and wondering at the lives that we and others lead in that world.  And in turn, a community of sorts has emerged in the chattering, though the bottles have long since floated far out to sea.