Michel Serres

Michel Serres on Noise

I begin to fathom the sound and the fury, of the world and of history: the noise.

Noise in French means “strife” (cf. chercher noise, “kick up a fuss,” “look for a fight”); bruit is “noise” — in two senses: auditory noise (static) and noise in information theory (turbulence) [see Serres, Genesis 141]. For Serres, noise serves as the “third man” (the parasite: the unwelcome guest) in all communication. (In French, bruit parasite is static or interference.)

See Serres, Hermes 66-67:

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