16
Sep
10

Soul-Draining Quote of the Day

The more that ports resemble nodes moving people in a global network, that the status of ‘immigrant’ is officially conferred not upon but some time before or after the subject’s arrival in a new land, that transportation and communication systems overlay and deepen the transnational over the international, that international travel becomes an everyday experience and not a life-defining event, that airports resemble other melancholy ‘non-places’ distinguished at most by simulacral quotations of their regional hinterlands, the more all these things obtain, then the less the border appears as threshold or gateway into a nation/society so much as one among many sorting points, nodes within a wider, albeit thinner social space.

-William Walters, “Border/Control”

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