After Exhaustion : Toward the Rhetoric of Indifference with Cybernetic Narratives
Kathy Acker's narrative is full of splits and gaps, which evidently disqualify the age-old regime of coherency in a linguistic structure. Breathing in an environment where values have been exhausted and nothing remains except disinterest and dispassion, her characters often suffer from psychological breakdowns. We later come across the idea that the notion of exhaustion, which produces incoherent usage of words and disruptive behaviors for Acker's cyberpunk novel, promotes a representation of silence in the hypertext fiction of Micheal Joyce. The journey into indifference, beginning with a series of language games and the knot of splits and gaps, finally reaches the point where nothing remains except the deep breath of silence. Silence then facilitates the ontology of individual discourse while discrediting the totality of mass discourse in order to generate what I would call the rhetoric of indifference.
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