Remediating the apocalypse

Restating Remediation

According to Bolter and Grusin (1999) double logic of remediation can function explicitly or implicitly, and can be restated in different ways:

o Remediation as the mediation of mediation. Each act of mediation depends on other acts of mediation. Media are continually commenting on, reproducing, and replacing each other, and this process is integral to media. Media need each other in order to function as media at all.

o Remediation as the inseparability of mediation and reality. Although Baudrillard's notion of simulation and simulacra might suggest otherwise, all mediations are themselves real. They are real as artefacts (but not as autonomous agents) in our mediated culture. Despite the fact that all media depends on other media in cycles of remediation, our culture still needs to acknowledge that all media remediate the real.

o Remediation as reform. The goal of remediation is to refashion or rehabilitate other media. Furthermore because all mediations are both real and mediations of the real, remediation can also be understood as a process of reforming reality as well. (55-56)

This web project is an evolving space exploring contemporary manifestations of the apocalyptic in current affairs and popular culture. It is being developed in association with my Ph.D. research and is both a research method and a presentation of that research. In exploring the apocalyptic I am particularly interested in mapping a series of multimodal mythic clusters that are evolving through a process of remediation which I identify as a key cultural logic for an age in which electracy is the new literacy of nomadic subjects. This hypertextual presentation foregrounds affiliational logic and although I hope the project accumulates meaning it does not seek to present a single, formal, linear argument. I have presented some of these ideas in more traditional academic formats in other places. Although the navigational choices are the user's own these tips may be useful. Feedback is very welcome.

Marcus O'Donnell 2005-2006