The Information Is Not Written in the Language-Game of Information

«Do not forget that a poem, although it is composed in the language of information, is not used in the languagegame of giving information.» Ludwig Wittgenstein

If we assume that song lyrics, at least by good writers as Beck, are poetry: What then about the song The Information? Is this not written in the language-game of giving information because it is not giving information of what it calls »the information«? Or does it give information about something else than the information Wittgenstein refers to, that means that it has a different thing that it refers to than his word refers to, for instance because it is a metaphor? A metaphor for something that, much like Wittgenstein’s work, stands for an ongoing process of refiguriation, like the ladder. Wittgenstein: »My propositions serve as elucidations in the following way: anyone who understands me eventually recognizes them as nonsensical, when he has used them – as steps – to climb beyond them. He must, so to speak, throw away the ladder after he has climbed up it.« Beck: »You could wake up on a lifeboat ‘neath the sun / On a ladder up to the sky /
Standing on the lowest rung / Holding a lifeline, using my best defense /
Running in the undertow my heart couldn’t fight against« (From »Country Down«)

Beck again: «The information is laughing at us
The ticker tape feeds the night
Looking for a lost transmission
A heaven that we left behind

When the information comes
We’ll know what we’re made from
And the skyline rising
Highrise eyes see through you

Say hello to a mannequin
The ghost of an automaton
The witching hour is summoning up
Armies where they don’t belong

When the information comes
We’ll know what we’re made from
And the skyline rising
Highrise eyes see through you

She’s the sister of avarice
The wife of a poisonous tide
She’s the eye of a battle of storms
That sees where the atoms collide

When the information comes
We’ll know what we’re made from
And the skyline rising
Highrise eyes see through you» Beck

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