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obsolescent

(ŏb′sə-lĕs′ənt)
adj.
Biology Becoming reduced during the course of evolution; vestigial or nearly vestigial. Used of an organ or other part of an organism.

ob′so·les′cence n.
ob′so·les′cent·ly adv.
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VERBUM (utterance): (a) Intensifies and crystallizes percept-as word (thing); (b) Obsolesces the merely sensory via perceptual interplay; (c) Retrieval: transference of power from things to word-as-vortex; (d) Reverses into the conceptual (replay of meaning-minus-the-experience).
SPOKEN WORD (mirror of the mind: canon is mirror of the voice, when one voice repeats or reflects what another has stated): (a) "Speak that I may see thee." (Title of book by Harold Stahmer) (4); (b) Obsolesces the subhuman; (c) Retrieves past experience; (d) Group awareness and class structure.
SLANG: (a) Intensifies the new; (b) Obsolesces conventional vagueness, spectrum of meanings; (c) Retrieves unconventional primal gesture; (d) Reverses into cliche.
TALKING DRUM: (a) Enhances resonant interval, rhythm; (b) Obsolesces the merely vocal; (c) Retrieves gesture and dance; (d) Reverses into song, sob, or scream.
MIRROR (mirari--to wonder): (a) Enhances ego by repetition and self-advertisement; echo-matching of a figure-minus-its-ground; instrument for self-portraiture (Rembrandt, etc.); adjunct of phonetic literacy via visual intensity; (print has the same effect for the user--i.e., self-advertisement); (b) Obsolesces the corporate mask and corporate appearance (costume); dress replaces costume; (c) Retrieves the mode of Narcissus (magic, metamorphic tunnel vision); mirror as sitter, painter as audience and as admirer; (d) Reverses into "making" process as outlook becomes insight.
PRINTED WORD: (a) Amplifies private authorship, the competitive, goal-oriented individual; (letters are an extension of the teeth, the only lineal and repetitive part of the body; as Harold Innis explains, writing on paper leads to military bureaucracies); (b) Obsolesces slang, dialects, and group identity; separates composition and performance, divorces eye and ear; (c) Retrieves tribal elitism, charmed circles, the "neck verse"; (print makes everyone a reader, and Xerox makes everyone a publisher); (d) With flip from manuscript into mass production via print, there comes the corporate reading public and the "historical sense."
RADIO: (a) Enhances simultaneous access to the entire planet: "On the air you're everywhere)"; (b) Obsolesces wires and cables and physical bodies; end of rational and lineal; end of Euclidean space; end of Western Time and Space; (c) Retrieves tribal ecological environments-trauma, paranoia, and the primacy of the right hemisphere of the brain; (radio was the hidden ground to the figure of the retrieved Prohibition of drug abuse in the television age); (d) World reverses into "talking picture"--audience as actor participating in its own actor-experience.
MIRROR (mirari--to wonder): (A) Enhances ego by repetition and self-advertisement; echo-matching of a figure-minus-its-ground; instrument for self-portraiture (Rembrandt, etc.); adjunct of phonetic literacy via visual intensity; (print has the same effect for the user i.e., self-advertisement): (13) Obsolesces the corporate mask and corporate appearance (costume): dress replaces costume; (C) Retrieves the mode of Narcissus (magic, metamorphic tunnel vision); mirror as sitter, painter as audience and as admirer; (D) Reverses into "making" process as outlook becomes insight.
PRINTED WORD: (A) Amplifies private authorship, the competitive, goal-oriented individual; (letters are an extension of the teeth, the only lineal and repetitive part of the body; as Harold Innis explains, writing on paper leads to military bureaucracies); (B) Obsolesces slang, dialects, and .group identity; separates composition and performance, divorces eye and ear; (C) Retrieves tribal elitism, charmed circles, the "neck verse"; (print makes everyone a reader, and Xerox makes everyone a publisher); (D) With flip from manuscript into mass production via print, there comes the corporate reading public and the "historical sense."