Zeros + Ones - Sadie Plant
Poles of extremes
"Whether they are gathering information, telecommunicating, running washing machines, doing sums, or making videos, all digital computers translate information into the zeros and ones of machine code. These binary digits are known as bits and strung together in bytes of eight. The zeros and ones of machine code seem to offer themselves as perfect symbols of the orders of Western reality, the ancient logical codes which make the difference between on and off, right and left, light and dark, form and matter, mind and body, white and black, good and evil, right and wrong, life and death, something and nothing, this and that, here and there, inside and out, active and passive, true and false, yes and no, sanity and madness, health and sickness, up and down, sense and nonsense, west and east, north and south. And they made a lovely couple when it came to sex. Man and woman, male and female, masculine and feminine: one and zero looked just right, made for each other: 1, the definite, unright line; and 0, the diagram of nothing at all: penis and vagina, thing and hole ... hand in glove. A perfect match." p.34-35
Symptoms and characteristics of codependence also manifest in extremes;
Mellody, Miller and Miller. Facing Codependence. HarperCollins. 1989.
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