Samuel Beckett's Digital Critique


Beckett is a relevant artist for our movement into a data led Society:

  1. His work (more obviously his later work) expresses a literary linguistic exploration, which counterpoints our technical linguistic development.
  2. His latter works throw an expressive light onto the preconditions of the historical phenomena of digital culture, one which is often portrayed dryly.
  3. All his work offers, still, a suitable critique of techno-culture and technocracy, both with and against its tide.
  4. The pivotal position of his personality (ambiguous or not) toward his work, his humanity as a deliberate centralising theme, is translatable to the contemporary relationship of man and his external fictions. His is not the cult-of-personality dynamic that is diffused by social media. Beckett is the canvas, hub, better still his influence on his work is more rhizomatic, he is the genetic structure of his works, regardless of their form, which leads to…
  5. Beckett’s work has a structure akin to the digital language construct: regardless of its shape it covers a reductive bineric sense of rest and movement. However, the humanity of his work fleshes out even the most bleak and brutal parring of commands.

The author Beckett is man with and without his words, subjectified by external meaning and using his last defense against language: the ability to switch off meaning.