The Hyperarchival Parallax Turns Five

Today marks the fifth anniversary of The Hyperarchival Parallax: Making Eschatological Anxiety Fun for 4000 Years. Somehow I have been at this for five years! I started from a relatively modest place, where I really didn’t have a coherent idea of what I was doing, why I was doing it, or how I would proceed. Since that first strange post, this blog has become, over these five long years, years in which much has happened to me as a scholar and writer, something much, much more (or at least I would like to think). I thank you for continuing to read and frequent my site. This year I have gotten more “followers” than in the previous four combined. I hope this is an indication that people like what I do here. I’m going to continue. And for at least another five years I hope to continue to map the intersections between disaster and archives. And as I will (hopefully) complete my current project on such things in the next year or so, I look forward to being able to also take this blog in other directions, perhaps even one day inviting others to contribute, turning it into something maybe a bit more ambitious.

But for now, this is also to acknowledge that I have been shirking my duties. I have been quite busy with professional matters, working on essays, writing conference papers, and most of all teaching 3 enjoyable, if time-consuming classes. (Here’s the blog to one that is just wrapping up.) So I haven’t had much time to post new content recently, and have not even posted many links. I will hope to rectify this in the coming weeks, as a major amount of work is now in my rear-view mirror. I will empty out my backlog of links (that is sitting dormant in a folder on my browser). In the coming weeks I will post a recent conference paper that I’ve been threatening to put up but haven’t yet (my discussion of The Manhattan Projects [2012- ]). And I hope to be putting up considerably more original content in the coming year.

So thank you again for reading. And here’s to five more years of The Hyperarchival Parallax.

Paranoia and Conspiracy: 2013 Style

So, amidst the nearly daily revelations of the NSA, Scott Shane for The New York Times reports that “No Morsel Too Miniscule for All-Consuming NSA”:

From thousands of classified documents, the National Security Agency emerges as an electronic omnivore of staggering capabilities, eavesdropping and hacking its way around the world to strip governments and other targets of their secrets, all the while enforcing the utmost secrecy about its own operations. It spies routinely on friends as well as foes, as has become obvious in recent weeks; the agency’s official mission list includes using its surveillance powers to achieve “diplomatic advantage” over such allies as France and Germany and “economic advantage” over Japan and Brazil, among other countries.

I am tempted to say that the NSA represents something like the capital T Truth of our global, hyperarchival reality.

And in still paranoid, but less frightening news, Carolyn Kellogg, friend and writer for The Los Angeles Times, appears on a podcast discussing Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge at Three Percent.