Head in the clouds

MELMAN Charles
Date publication : 20/07/2017
Dossier : Traduction éditoriaux


It is logical that the availability of the totality of knowledge to the user of a simple smartphone modifies his relation to the instance cause of transference. There it is in his pocket, available at any moment, able to be exploited at will, as if the former master were now a slave without leave.In this way we have an idea of the incomprehension of the student who is criticised for cutting and pasting, which pertains to the legitimate service that he could expect from it, like tea served at 5 o’clock.From this arise at least two consequences. The first is that knowledge takes on the quality of being a stranger and no longer Other. The second is that its appropriation would entail the risk of a desubjectivation in the relation to the father.Finally, and this is a bonus, does the Other dimension still subsist if only by the presentification of positive elements likely to arouse and to satisfy desire?One might object that we are playing on a confusion between unconscious knowledge and acquired knowledge. In fact, however, there is no appetite for acquired knowledge if there is no transference to unconscious knowledge. And laicising the current state of technology deprives it of any end in order to only perceive in it a means.How might we be able to sort out all of that?Charles Melman 22 June 2017 Translation : Michael Plastow

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