I. Introductions [n]
Technology is merely a tool in our fetish game of order.
We fantasize to be like God, to bring order from
chaos, and technology is our vehicle to the status of deity. Others try
to order us, verbally, physically, mathematically, and we in turn try to
order other things. We are sick with a will to order. But without disorder,
composition is ultimately futile. And it is a good thing that this is so.
For what would we do with no chaos, with nothing left to order? Compositionists
try so hard to order the world with our topoi,
our outlines, our graphs and charts. Shouldn't we also focus on disordering?
Yes, we analyze, break into parts, but isn't that still a form of ordering?
Of the order of the will to order? This fetishization of the will to order
infects the computer classroom as well. It should be ordered this way.
It should be ordered that way. The paradoxical thing is--isn't it just
so much order? Circle, square. Circle, square. Network, line. Network,
line. We think it's such a great thing to think non-linearly, that the
web and its network of relations break up the disciplinary order of things.
But its just another discipline. We tell them how to sit, how to think,
how to click, how to drag...and of course we give them proper netiquette.
We give them the ABCs or the MGZs, and they repeat them back. Let's all
discuss how things SHOULD be ordered. I want to put computers in rooms
with absolutely no rhyme or reason. Total chaos. But really, what is the
point in that?