A Land of No-Place

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John Doyle at Ktismatics follows up his post on heterotopias with one on atopias:

“Today the heterotopia seems like an endangered species. It’s not being crowded out by the multiplication of normal sites; rather, the entire systematic proliferation of interconnected but discrete sites is endangered. In its place we see the extension of the atopia, the no-place.”

Examples of atopias — “just a knot in the net which grants no hold but connects other knots” — are the marketplace, the internet, consciousness, science, democracy, evolution, pop culture ….

Are atopias Nowheresville, Arizona, or are they a vibrant oscillation of energy shimmering in the collective imagination?

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