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Message 1: Lundy, Fastnet, Irishsea.

The first words to Radiohead’s song, “In Limbo,” are taken from the BBC shipping news. The names designate three contiguous, specific areas of sea between England and Ireland. The weather report for those areas is announced in that order: Lundy, Fastnet, Irishsea. These excerpted words (found poetry, perhaps) geographically locate the listener “in limbo,” so to speak: between England and Ireland. That is, if location is the point. If location is not the point, then the point is also NOT standard commercial shipping meteorological communication (obvious, not obvious). This mass-produced song can be read as a self-referential commodity, one that situates itself within another, presumably more important and simultaneously more mundane, commercial discourse: a daily weather forecast for shipping, for exchange of commodities.

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