"But rather what I am questioning is what are we seeking and to what extent?"
Let me, please, appropriate your questions... because I don't have the answers:-)
"Can the excitement of contributing, participating, mapping, discovering the cities through today's interfaces be connected to bringing changes in *life* itself?"
Debord wrote in his Methods of Détournement:
Any elements, no matter where they are taken from, can serve in making new combinations. The discoveries of modern poetry regarding the analogical structure of images demonstrate that when two objects are brought together, no matter how far apart their original contexts may be, a relationship is always formed.
"Do we seek to provoke "conditions favourable to direct living" or to our perception of the living experience?"
Lautréamont, embraced pla(y)giarism as a primary aesthetic device in the composition of his stories :
"Plagiarism is necessary. Progress implies it. It holds tight an author's phrase, uses his expressions, eliminates a false idea, and replaces it with just the right idea."
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