Vil��m Flusser on Alienation - Dictionary of Arguments
Alienation 1: the human being is expelled from the "world", tries to bridge the abyss with pictures (Magic Consciousness).
Alienation 2: The mediation performance of the image is disturbed, the human leaves the world of images and tries to bridge the abyss with texts.
New point of view: historical awareness. Over time, the texts become opaque, unimaginable (>Alienation 3). Our texts no longer mediate, because behind them we no longer see images, but ourselves as creators.
E.g. there is no image of nature behind classical physics, but Newton, behind Hegel's philosophy is not an image of the human, but Hegel, behind the Karamazov brothers not an image of the human soul, but Dostoyevsky.
We are alienated from the world of texts because we see them as a world created by us.
Alienation 3/Flusser: the madness of living within an impenetrable wall of books is nothing less terrible than the madness from which the books wanted to free us._____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Kommunikologie Mannheim 1996