Form and Content, Revisited

A hyperlink: If sport ends up being the proving ground, so to speak, for a technological approach to athletic representation that separates form from content, then what might this suggest outside the confines of the stadium? If we can take any "television" footage and revision its form by changing a single appearance file — the CSS file for this new 3-D visualization — do we not open a variety of problems for the average citizen? Could video footage of you or me be given new form to suit a political or economic purpose?

While the analysis of the cinematic image undertaken by Walter Benjamin is completely blown away in such a brave new world of the archival post-image, the tendency towards fascist ends still has the potential to hold true and is perhaps heightened. Put another way, while the form of Benjamin thesis may have changed, the content remains the same and is as relevant as ever.


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