On animals. And a book. And ideas
In one of his final interviews, Latour discussed how our perception of reality should change. Instead of viewing objects, dead things, or letterboxes, we should view animals, bacteria, nature, and networks as integral parts of the world, embedded in objects.
We could try to learn a “new language” to express ourselves better. However, this approach seems artificial and ineffective because learning new words alone doesn’t necessarily lead to new perspectives. What we need is a shift in our viewpoint. The author of a collection of short stories about her dogs has found an ideal way to interact with her pets. She doesn’t treat them as humans or objects, but rather engages with them and describes those interactions using simple, yet effective words. These words are not fancy or unfamiliar, but they capture the essence of her experiences with her furry companions.
3. The Impression
Joanna Kraińska-Smith found a form that was exactly what Latour was looking for, and it’s where the network starts. These texts are easy to read and have an interesting message due to their everydayness, lightness, and interaction. Additionally, dogs have personalities just like any other living being, despite what Davidson suggests. However, Joanna’s description makes them come to life in an effortless way.