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Expectations and Brian Massumi

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on 29 March 2011

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Massumi asks, "Can we think a body without this: an intrinsic connection between movement and sensation, whereby each immediately summons the other?" Uh... no. The first thing that struck me about Massumi's article is the poeticism of his language. While I read, I was listening to Sarah Kay, a Spoken Word poet, giving a "Ted Talk". "If I should have a daughter, instead of 'mom' she's going to call me 'Point B' because that way she knows, no matter what happens, she can always find her way back to me."

"I'm going to paint the solor systems on the backs of her hands, so she has to learn the entire universe before she can say, 'oh I know that like the back of my hand.'"

"There's nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shore line, no matter how many times it's slapped away." Perhaps because I was in the right frame of mind, I found Massumi's writing to be similarly poetic:

"...the everyday was the place where nothing ever happens."

"Signifying gestures make sense. If properly 'performed,' they may also unmake sense. Make and unmake sense as they might, they don't sense." Massumi says "Attention to the literality of movement was deflected by fears of falling into a 'naïve realism,' a reductive empiricism that would dissolve the specificity of the cultural domain in the plain, seemingly unproblematic, 'presence' of dumb matter." naïve realism? I was also intrigued by an unfamiliar term Massumi introduced According to the authors of Theory of Knowledge Info, Listen to a few minutes, if you'd like. HOWEVER, there are a few issues with the theory. So how does this relate to Massumi? Massumi believes that there is a "gap between content and effect" (24). He asserts (with the support of some research) that how strong and lasting an image's effect is on its viewer fails to correlate with the image's content the way we would expect (24). One thing that may factor in is EXPECTATION. = Content; the shared meaning of the image Intensity Quality http://www.theoryofknowledge.info/naiverealism.html naïve realism is a theory of This, apparently, is how many non-philosophers think. Perception The theory states that what we see, or otherwise sense, is exactly what's there. Seems to make sense... Variability of Perception: Things may seem different to different people or at different times. I had an experience today that showed me just how important expectation is to experience. Walking home from class, I picked up a copy of "The Daily Texan" and the "Texas Travesty."

I began reading while I walked, until the wind caught the pages, tearing them from my hands.

The various sections of both papers came apart.

When I got home, I grabbed a section, sat down and began reading.

I thought it would quickly become apparent whether I was reading "real news" or "fake news." It didn't Apparently, it is my EXPECTATION of the news being "real" or "fake" that ordinarily makes it seem so obvious. Let's see if you can help.

Which paper do the following exerpts come from? "Petty Argument desolves into United States Senate Hearing" "After several hours of analysis by Department of Homland Security officials, a terrorist threat received Monday was determined to be predominantly metaphorical in content" "Birds doing it everywhere" "Wrong brother dies" "What kind of name is John Boner? The Texas Travesty "Last time I checked, this is America, and by all indications I have full control over my goose and my gander" "I was never the hate-spweing kind of homophobe, but I was someone who thought being gay meant you were inherently different..." "Pilcher discussed the taco revolution..." "...CEO lectures about business philosophy" "College basketball has no choice but to implement instant replay" "I have to stand up when I pee, which can make your legs really tired if you've already been standing for a while" "Film delivers great visuals, suffers from flawed plot" The Daily Texan Texan or Travesty ? "Petty Argument desolves into United States Senate hearing"

"After several hours of analysis by Department of Homland Security officials, a terrorist threat received Monday was determined to be predominantly metaphorical in content"

"I was never the hate-spweing kind of homophobe, but I was someone who thought being gay meant you were inherently different..."

"Pilcher discussed the taco revolution..."

"Birds doing it everywhere"

"...CEO lectures about business philosophy"

"College basketball has nochoice but to implement instant replay"

"Wrong brother dies"

"I have to stand up when I pee, which can make your legs really tired if you've already been standing for a while"

"What kind of name is John Boner?"

"Last time I checked, this is America, and by all indications I have full control over my goose and my gander"

"Emo concert offers a chance to relive high school angst"

"Film delivers great visuals, suffers from flawed plot" Which is unlikely to be the case unless our perceptions matter, and vary in a manner independent of the content. = Strength and Duration How did you do? Do you agree that expectation is an important part of our experience of an object or event? "If naive realism is to be taken seriously," they say, "and colours are out there in the world, then apples regularly change colour depending on how much light is around them." One such issue is the The authors cite the example of an apple looking red in the sunlight, and greyish in the dark.
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