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DismantlingsWords against Machines in the American Long Seventies$
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Matt Tierney

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501746413

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501746413.001.0001

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(p.48) Chapter 2 Communion

Matt Tierney

Cornell University Press

This chapter explains communion as a planetary practice of collective self-identification. Communion takes shape in opposition to teletechnological ideals of global togetherness. Opposed to the cosmotechnics of Spaceship Earth, a metaphor devised separately by Buckminster Fuller and Adlai Stevenson, communion is better developed in science-fictional work of Samuel R. Delany and Ursula K. Le Guin. Spaceship Earth, along with aligned metaphors of technologically enabled proximity, is in part to blame for sustaining the fiction of a world fused by common cause, and for perpetuating the accepted language of techno-boosterism, even in left cultural critique. Communion, by contrast, sees little such common cause in the world, but instead sees the cosmotechnic globe as the contested ground for coalitional struggles for real coexistence.

Keywords:   communion, collective self-identification, teletechnological ideals, global togetherness, cosmotechnics, Spaceship Earth, Buckminster Fuller, Adlai Stevenson, techno-boosterism

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