Technology/Flusser: Apparatus Operator
Definition apparatus: "Tool for generating technical images".
Definition Operator: "Technician for apparatus".
The function of the apparatus and the operator are merged. The apparatus neither "frees" the photographer nor "enslaves" him. Rather, they are mutually dependent.
The operator or "apparatchik " is a "human being" in the new posthistorical sense. Neither is he "active", an acting person, nor "suffering" (a treated, a tolerating person) but he functions in function of functions.
The complex apparatus operator becomes a historical memory. You can see Caesar and the moon landing again and again.
Technology/Flusser: Definition Apparatuses: are historical products, products of linear texts. Apparatuses are designed by texts and generate technical images.
First reading: Texts lead to cameras, which produce pictures that provoke texts again, but which no longer mean photographs, but are meant by photographs.
Second reading: Ditto, but emerging texts are (with films) film critiques. These texts do not mean films but are meant by films. Nevertheless, they can still influence future filmmaking. (> Meaning).
Third reading: the text that has just been read is itself one that originates from the technical image (Fig. I 166), is meant by it, but can nevertheless lead to a change in the illustration, i. e. it can "mean".
The situation is indeed anthropomorphic, because human beings (operators) function in the apparatuses, and it is indeed mythical (in the sense of superhuman) because the operators functioning in the apparatuses can no longer be regarded as human beings in the conventional sense.
It seems we all have to think like scientists. But that is not true, because it is just historical thinking. Every epistemological effort is also a political and aesthetic one, because these three parameters cannot be separated in concrete life._____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Kommunikologie Mannheim 1996