Identification Desire and Its Cinematic Arena
17 Receivers and Senders
I shall now make a brief detour by means of what is at this point but an aside. I suggest (in doing so I am by no means the only one) that at present a revolution is taking place which is changing our entire psychological make-up in a most radical way. Yet this radical mutation is neither sufficiently recognized nor are its deeper meaning and expectable consequences seized in depth. Immaterial communication, up to very recently, used to manifest itself quite differently from what it means now. For some time already, this has become increasingly conspicuous without, however, getting all the interpretative attention merited, indeed indispensable.
The word immaterial is meant to indicate that I am not talking about material systems such as networks of transportation. These represent, so to speak, hardware communication dedicated to the “heavy lifting” of all things societal. As a rule these systems are bizarrely underrated or not perceived at all, not worth even a “first thought,” much less a second one, of the cultured lot. These communication systems encompass rail and road infrastructure, ports and airports, power supply, pipelines, etc., etc. It is not just transport: post offices are part of it (letters and parcels needed and still need transportation facilities too); these things are all too quickly forgotten in an age of e-mail, internet, cloud computing and what have you. Movies, nowadays magically appearing on very large or very small screens, were also dependent on a lot of physical infrastructure...