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On representation
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The power to designate people, places, and events as mattering, or as mattering in a certain way or, by omission, as not mattering at all, is grounded in the practices of representation. Representation relies on witnesses; it relies on naming, signifying, and (re)producing events in value-laden ways. The realm of representation is deeply bound in trust, and in its lack. Representation supposes that behind the sign dwells a coherent reality to which the sign attests; it supposes that the dioramic men at Victory Park represent the battles whose names are emblazoned on the descriptive, commemorative plaques. Beneath the spire in Victory Park there is an underground museum with dioramic re-enactments of battle scenes. In the staging of the battle scene, events disappear behind their representations; they melt into simulation.

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