Our Modus, the Imaginary and Superorganisms

Submitted by Ernesto A. Alvarez on Wednesday, 9/15/2010, at 11:50 AM

Appadurai elevates the imagination from the level of personal and whimsical abstraction, usually contingent on one's own experience, to an aggregate mode of being constantly defined and re-defined by the dynamic operation of each of his five -scapes. In its elevation to a practice of the global multitude, the imaginary is at once more unanimous and more diverse; more fluid and more effective; and, last, more real and less artificial than ever before.