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In societies reduced to blur and glut, terror is the only meaningful act. There’s too much everything, more things and messages and meanings that we can use in ten thousand lifetimes. Inertia-hysteria.
Is history possible?
Is anyone serious?
Who do we take serious?
Only the lethal believer, the person who kills and dies for faith. Everything else is absorbed. The artist is absorbed, the madman in the street is absorbed an processed and incorporated. Give him a dollar, put him in a TV commercial.
Only the terrorists stand outside.
The culture hasn’t figured out how to assimilate him. It’s confusing when they kill the innocent.
But this is precisely the language of being noticed, the only language the West understands.
The way they determine how we see them.
The way they dominate the rush of endless streaming images.
don delillo

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