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Vico, Joyce and the Web

From: Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Jul 2012 14:21:20 +0200
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Anyone that is familiar with the structure of James Joyce's, "Finnegans
Wake", might know that it is based on the 4 ages of man (gold, silver,
bronze, iron):

1. Age of the Battling Giants
2. Those that hear in thunder the voice of God, age of the fathers
3. Age of the sons
4. Age of the people

The idea being that the age of the people becomes once again the age of the
battling Giants (the recourso).  And civilization moves in one big cycle,
ever changing, yet ever the same.

I wonder if 20th century capitalism was kind of reaching stage (4) or stage

But an interesting thought occurred to me.

"Those that hear in the thunder the voice of God" is the cue to creating a
new civilization.

You cannot have thunder without electricity.  And what power's the
internet?  Electricity.

I wonder if The Web could be a metaphor for

a) the thunder that comes through electricity
b) could it be possible to recognize the voice of God in that web?

ie the web is a manifestation of the collective unconcious that resides
through all things

If you subscribe to philosophical the theories of Vico, could there be
perhaps buried in the Web, a template for a new civilization, or age of man?

**Disclaimer*  This is partially tongue in cheek, but not completely.  Just
some random thoughts! :)
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