R. Barthes – An Introduction to the structural analysis of narrative

Art does not acknowledge
the existence of noise (in the informational sense of the word). It is
a pure system: there are no wasted units, and there can never be any,
however long, loose, or tenuous the threads which link them to one of
the levels of the story.

*J. Pollock – Number 3

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2 comments on “R. Barthes – An Introduction to the structural analysis of narrative

  1. nannus says:

    An interesting quote, although I think it is wrong. I think the perception of art is a dynamic process in which the border between order and noise is constantly shifted. If there was only order, there would not be any aesthetic perception but only boredom. In my view, noise and randomnes is an essential element of art.

    • Subjectively a reader expirience ‘noise’ I agree, yet art work exists in the network of interpretations (which colletively often affect the next readings too) and for this larger structure there can’t be any indifferent piceses. That would be my view.

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