~David Cecchetto~ on Ted Hiebert’s _In Praise of Nonsense: Aesthetics, Uncertainty, and Postmodern Identity_

Hiebert argues that the
postmodern self is technologized along a combination of three
vectors. The first of these are technologies of disappearance, which
Hiebert describes as “intellectual and psychological devices that one
can use to construct a plausible picture of not-being, progressively
writing out the residual elements of self and identity in such a way
as to re-open the questions of possibility.” [10] Included in this
category — this aesthetics of living — are the technologies of
reflection, perception, and autopoiesis, all of which are implicated
in subject-formation and each of which occasion engagement by Hiebert
with prominent theorists. [11] Crucially, Hiebert’s understanding of
disappearance in general recalls McLuhan’s notion of obsolescence:
just as an obsolesced technology doesn’t cease to exist but rather
persists in new forms — and hence obsolescence is “the beginning of
aesthetics, the cradle of taste, of art, of eloquence, and of slang”
[12] — the disappearance of knowledge is not an absence but a mode
of living, a “lived disappearance.” [13] Thus, “what remains when
knowledge disappears is an experience without knowledge [that]
nevertheless takes form, […] paradoxical though it might be” [14]

– from here