in shannonian information theory, there is the notion of being able to
measure the amount of information in a message. but that is not a measure of
meaning. it is a measure of the amount of uncertainty present in the
message. for instance, consider a message that consists of a million ones.
long message, not much information. in fact you already have enough
information to reconstruct it with complete certainty. now consider a
message that consists of a million random zeros or ones. such messages
cannot be compressed with winzip or stuffit or whatever. whereas the first
message compresses down to almost nothing. the more a message can be
compressed, the less information it contains.
"the more a message can be compressed, the less information it contains."
Hm. Thank you for that. Apart from the Shannon paper being a bit too
compressed for me, or because of that, for this thesis to be true we would
need , i think:
1 the message to be a singular isolated event
2 the fictional limits, abstract cases, of a million zero's as a message
and a million patternless repetitions of 1 or zero as a message
3.those fictional messages to be confined to that and only that to avoid the
possibilities mentioned in point 4. However they can only become messages
if they are enlarged by the fact of being messages, that is they happen as a
message, which implies they happen somewhere, a place or places including
the possibility mentioned in point 4.
4. because only then can you disregard the amount of information that could
be and mostly is present in compressions of compressions (of ...) as not
contradicting the thesis because in such cases a more compressed message can
easily be shown to trigger a higher amount of information to be sent (e. g.
exactly a million zeros could be the key to understand a tonload of
information encrypted a bit further on (algorhitmic encryption being the key
to compression) or, a better example perhaps, more in the spirit of true
calculation, the case of a few 1's at exactly those locations where in the
receiving end or in decompressioning it it would contain more information
than a similarly diversified message, similarly near to the limit of
absolute diversification, because it would recursively decompress the
compressions it contains.
To come back to the matter at hand, however, this particular chain of
message events: in 'The Fold', Gilles Deleuze devotes special attention to
the Leibniz idea that souls ('monads' in his terms) who are damned are,
however pitifull for them, the condition for other souls to be able to
increase their zones of clarity. In the Leibniz system this can be so
because every monad contains the whole of the universe inside its 'folds'
but it only has a limited zone of clarity and a vast region of what is
called a 'fuscum subnegrum', its dark zone. A damned soul is eternally
damned because it continually choses for the one thing that is its greatest
point of desire:its whole universe is directed, pointed to its hatred of
God. This ultimate obsession is the only thing that constitutes this soul's
zone of clarity and because of the eternal divide of the constant amount of
information that is the case in the Leibniz system, these poor souls leave
other souls more 'room' for expansion of their zones of clarity.
You see how, if interpreted along similar lines, replacing religiously
connotated parameters with artistic ones if you feel that is required,
Roman is really doing us all a favor by continually sending these messages,
their _meaning_ being reduced by their own intent, but perhaps not their
amount of information, however obsessive they might be (or how adequate an
answer to a entirely different process that is not clear to me), and
however futile they might seem with our finger hovering over the delete key
from the instant we read PLEASE, how he in fact creates for us a sublime
moment of clarity each time we actually press the delete key, bringing
perhaps the only true moment of clarity in our seemingly endless consumption
of messages loaded with valuable information on the shady starlit fields of
our arts. The next moment always sheds a light on the previous, and vica
versa. To calculate (subtract, add)information, information is needed. And
In this context, by the way, Leibniz often stressed the fictional nature of
any calculation, which might be surprising to some, coming from this great
advocate of the Enlightment. History mostly compresses its leading figures
beyond repair for day to day decompression utils.
So, to return the favor: the more easily a message can be deleted, the more
room we have for decompressing others, hence the more information it
A thesis that might (only) hold for the split second before you hit delete
dv @ Neue Kathedrale des erotischen Elendshttp://www.vilt.net/nkdee
ps: received work from turkey's ozcan turkmen the other day. he is a
programmer-poet. he is working out a notion of "entropic poetry". very
Would you have an URL on him, decompressable to less Turkish and more
English than what Google shows?