Žižek explains my obsessive creation of new “master” files when writing

This actually caused a production problem when publishing The Politics of Knives, since I create multiple “master” files for my writing (at any moment, I have up to 10 “master” files for the same work hiding in different computer folders) . . . Žižek isn't using “master” in this sense, but it works regardless. It also explains the need for an outside editor/publisher (another reason for would-be writers to continue dealing with traditional presses):

As any [writer] knows, the problem with writing on the computer is that it potentially suspends the difference between ‘mere drafts' and the ‘final version': there is no longer a ‘final version' or a ‘definitive text', since at every stage the text can be further worked on ad infinitum — every version has the status of something ‘virtual' (conditional, provisional). . . . This uncertainty, of course, opens up the space of the demand for a new Master whose arbitrary gesture would declare some version the ‘final' one, thereby bringing about the ‘collapse' of the virtual infinity into definitive reality. (Slavoj Žižek, The Plague of Fantasies, 151)

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