The United States of Summer

In my imagination, Texas is empty, big, hot, a summer whale of state. The state in the United States of Summer. I like its dusty surfaces, stained glass, closed doors, bleached flags and fields, lamps and fences, cactuses and magnolias, unmeasurable spaces. If one is to assemble a full archive of Texas, one has to have an infinite stretch of time at one’s disposal. In the absolute quiet of ideal library, piecing images together, one is to compose a detailed description of all miniscule events which were never to happen in Texas in reality unless one documents them.

 

A State of Belonging

An increasingly significant part of daily interactions is happening through people’s electronic, social bodies: on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, email, etc. It has long been noted that a persona one creates in writing is inevitably different from a “real person,” whatever this last creature should mean. The persona is a superimposition because of the nature of reflection, since estrangement embedded in writing and taking as well as posting pictures: once you completed a step, you are no longer the one who is stepping, and, by this very fact, perhaps never were. Nevertheless, social body which functions on the web is important and is a part of one’s social body outside of the web. A sense of belonging to the network is a sense of modern citizenship. In the twenty first century, the state would punish disobedient by excluding from social networks and throwing the perpetrator offline, thus virtually cutting her off her environment and, simultaneously, the very possibility of committing a misdeed.

An increasingly significant part of the individuality is involved online and expressed online, too. Sontag wrote that photography allows the photographer to demonstrate certain sensibilities. Now simple mechanisms of reblogging/sharing on Facebook/retweeting, in Twitter parlance, afford the same possibility of demonstrating, claiming and building one’s sensibilities through and by means of content one is concurrently consuming and reproducing. Self is lost and found in the overabundant multiplicity of channeled distractions.