February 22, 2011 1 Comment
“…truth isn’t outside power, or lacking in power:… truth isn’t the reward of free spirits, the child of protracted solitude, nor the privilege of those who have succeeded in liberating themselves. Truth is a thing of this world: it is produced only by virtue of multiple forms of constraint. And it induces regular effects of power. Each society has its regime of truth, its ‘general politics’ of truth: that is, the types of discourse which it accepts and makes function as true; the mechanisms and instances which enable one to distinguish true and false statements, the means by which each is sanctioned; the techniques and procedures accorded value in the acquisition of truth; the status of those who are charged with saying what counts as true.” (Foucault 131 “Truth & Power” from Power/Knowledge 1980)
I found this quote to be strangely relevant in creating the “system” for memory particularly because I am trying (and I believe we in this class are often trying) to pull pieces of “truth” out of a multiplicity of regimes and find how they might intersect.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about sets of micro/macro, digital/analogue, analytic/wholistic systems of looking & trying to make truth out of our experiences of the world.