Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Working Outline

  1. Introduction
    1. Mimesis in Electronic Media
    2. Archetypes in Narrative Form
    3. Paradox
      1. Suspension of Disbelief
      2. The Intersubjectivity of Fantasy
    4. Hoaxes an Inoculation
      1. Ancient Paradoxography
      2. Contemporary Communication
  2. Epistemology of Media
    1. Truth in Simulation
      1. Hermenutics: Simulations & Reality
      2. Archetypes: Simulacra & Fantasy
    2. Two Questions Concerning the Spectacle
      1. Mass Society
      2. Technology
  3. History of Documentary in the Electronic Age
    1. Precinema: the Magic Lantern
      1. Travelogues & Lectures
      2. Phantasmagoria
    2. Film/Cinema
      1. Cinéma Vérité
      2. Direct Cinema
    3. Television & Cable Networks
      1. Pseudo-documentary vs. Mockumentary
      2. Commerical Pop Documentary
    4. Convergent Computer Media
  4. From Literacy to Electricity
    1. Aristotle - Theory of Theatre
    2. Flusser - Technical Images
    3. Ulmer - Notion of Writing with Electricity
    4. Debord & Baudriallard - Fascination
  5. An Archeology of Hoaxes
    1. Eureka! & Theatre
      1. Ritual
      2. Audience
      3. Scena
    2. Pop Culture Memetics of te 19th Century
      1. Zielinski
      2. P.T. Barnum
    3. Vaudeville and Legerdemain as Safe Space
    4. "War of the Worlds" & Walter Benjamin
      1. Reproducability vs. Credibility
  6. An Immodest Proposal
    1. Visual Grammar & Production Value
    2. Suspension of Disbelief
    3. the "Hoax-umentary"
      1. prototype
      2. stereotype
  7. Self-Concealment & Revealing
    1. Media
      1. Apparatus Theory
      2. Technological Determinism
      3. Story-Telling
    2. Paradox
      1. as Self-Contradiction
      2. when Encomium becomes Reality
    3. Clichés in Representation
  8. Paradox & Theatrics
    1. Epideixis
      1. Heidegger's Parmenides
      2. Sokal's Transgressing Boundaries
    2. Epyllion
      1. Play & Science Fiction
      2. Contrivance & Advertising
    3. Epic Theatre
    4. As a Life Technique
      1. unconcealing a new truth
      2. Lies for a better lifestyle
  9. Conclusion
    1. The Meaning of Information
      1. Phenomenology
      2. Heuretics
    2. The Rehabilitation of the Hoax
    3. Hoaxes as Life Technique
      1. Indirect Communication
      2. Embracing the "Fake"

1 comment:

Al Kover said...

Would like to read what you say about vaudeville, my heroes as a sickly child were Chaplin and Keaton, the latter a giant in my estimation, a conjuror of a mytho-poeaic American past, he knew the old Keith Circuit and the medicine shows travelling across the Mid-western U.S. before their decline, just imagine a meeting of a medicine show and Jack Wilson (Wovoka) and his Ghost Dance religion! That great outdoorness is disappearing it seems in the vast U.S. (except for what I hear about the "slab" in Colorado, that hobo camp, where one would meet hobo scholiasts say). The conception of the play I wrote is to travel around Africa with it from village to village, like the travelling folk tale show I saw once in the town I lived in in Cote d'Ivoire.