Stable // Unstable seems to me a classic Gestalt Shift thing. (As do most things, to me, if I'm honest.)
And I think there's a gestalt shift going on with most 'powerful' words (eg ecosystem) where they're both object and boundary object. (Quite where Hyperobjects fit in, I don't know - I've never seen a ternary gestalt shift, and can't even visualise one http://contemporarycondition.blogspot.com/2010/03/hyperobjects-and-end-of-common-sense.html)
Whilst these debates are fun, and even productive, I always wonder why we don't just cut the drama and drag on the deus ex machina of polysemy - it would work wonders here :-)
Wish I could make it into town more often for the RFH Wednesdays - this would make a fascinating conversation.
Thanks, Simon, I fear we're so addicted to the drama and fun of these debates that we'll continue with them well beyond the limits of comedy (if we're not there already) and onwards to tragedy. And perhaps I'm just perpetuating that.
Would be lovely to see you one Wednesday (or another day, at another place) — tomorrow we'll be having a discussion on and around similar themes to this post.
I enjoyed this post-I enjoyed 'Machines of Loving Grace' too. It was an intelligent documentary-perhaps part of the problem is that there aren't many of these so it is quite easy to be bamboozled by the makers claims, thesis whatever-you have done an admirable job of unpicking these.