Saturday, February 8, 2003

On (Absent) Presence

Fabio Sergio looks at the concept of presence. I'll take this one step further and say that mobile and ubiquitous technologies afford an *absent* presence.

Not unlike the experience of "phantom" limbs - technologies that can go anywhere and be everywhere blur distinctions between distance and proximity, and effectively enable intimacy-at-a-distance. Sometimes, what is *present* is precisely that which is (also) *absent*.


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