January 14, 2014 at 10:23AM
" It is the standardization of the subsets ... that allows for the creation of networks." #readingToday

It is the standardization of the subsets, the industrial possibility of the production of separate pieces that are all alike, that allows for the creation of networks. When one puts railroad tracks over hundreds of kilometers, when one rolls off a cable from city to city and sometimes from continent to continent, it is the industrial modality that takes leave from the industrial centre in order to extend itself through nature. It is not a question here of the rape of nature or of the victory of the Human Being over the elements, because in fact it is the natural structures themselves that serve as the attachment point for the network that is being developed; the relay points of the Hertzian 'cables', for example, rejoin with the high sites of ancient sacredness above the valleys and the seas.

(Moon+ Reader Pro v2.3.4, Gilbert Simondon: Being and Technology)