Blog 3- Youth, Alienation,Storied Matters and Vibrant Matters.

Since “Aging” is not a logged term in the post-human glossary, the central theme of this manifesto will surround its very antonym, Youth. “Youth” is a collective piece of three authors and has several different subtitles, Manufacturing, Marketing, Use, and Disposal. Although the article is on something more technological and virtual, it still makes me think of the process our society, the human society, still operates at. We manufacture youth, market youth, use youth, and dispose the “youth” when they are no longer in youth. You could replace “dispose” with “alienated”, which is equally true. It is a ruthless yet natural process that has been the very truth of how generations of humans move on since the dawn of history. We continuously replace the old with the youth by keep manufacturing the youth as the labor power, the future, the hope. That makes me think of what is happening to the disposed, the past, the alienated. Is accepting this alienation by alienating yourself from society a necessary process of human growth? Or is it actually a sign of fear and a compromise to the static thinking that James Williams describes down below?

“When alienation is defined in terms of being and property, we are led to think of the human as static, in the sense of having a particular fixed state or fixed belongings and characteristics.  This thought is itself alienating, because intruth we are always going beyond states, properties and predicates (28).” 


From the moment I actually meet with a senior at the Carnegie East House, I know I want to let more people my age hear her voice. Most of us are blessed with having a senior in our life that we grew up around, respect, and know well of, but rarely would we care for a“storied matters” like other unrelated seniors of the society. We are animals that love energy naturally, so it is very unlikely we are willing to dig into the seemingly low-energy community. 

Why did I compare our seniors with “storied matters”? Now to explain that I have to insert another block quote here, even though I kind of hate them.

“What makes matter storied is ‘narrative agency’, which is a non-linguistic performance inherent in every material formation from bodies to their atoms making them telling or storied. Whether it is a cell, a singing whale, a whispering wind, a pebble on the beach, an erupting volcano, a hurricane or a plastic bag, matter is encoded with meaningful narratives, or narrative agencies through which the world becomes eloquent. ‘Storied matter is thick with narratives,’ concurs Jeffrey Cohen, ‘some vivid, some barely legible, others impossible to translate’ (412)”

Well, I intend to translate those narratives through interviewing three seniors from different backgrounds living in the same community now. I am also not simply saying our seniors are hard-drives by calling them storied matters, because they are also vibrant matters. In Jane Bennett’s writing, human and non-human actors all could be vibrant matters. I intend to find out with the interviews if the seniors consider themselves as vibrant matters or not. It is really down to how they interpret the word, but I would love to hear some raw response from some primary sources.

-Lo Wong


~ by lw1956 on March 31, 2019.