How does Keenan’s article compare with Baudrillard’s on the topic of the biderectionality of windows and screens? They both consider how screens and windows offer us a view of something while simultaneously allowing ourselves to be viewed. How powerful is this phenomenon for both of them? How much does it control us? I also want to consider Keenan’s fixation with the idea of “light”. What does he mean when he talks about light? The light can be a multitude of things: a violent blinding force, the evidence that someone could be watching you, or perhaps it is actually the gaze of the viewer making the subject public and therefore laden with responsibility. How does this light control us, and is there more to it? I feel that the light signifies more to Keenan because of the last line in which he compares language to light.
“For language intervenes in the lives of those who seek to use it with a force and a violence that can only be compared to… light, to the tear of the blinding, inhuman, and uncontrollable light that comes through a window—something soft, that breaks.” 128
I would like to unpack this sentence in section tomorrow. I feel that it is important to what Keenan is trying to say, but the sudden switch to talking about language in terms of light was to sudden for me to grasp it fully.