Colonizing Consciousness

Jerry Mander wrote a book many years ago, in 1977, called Four Arguments for the Elimination of Televsion. He worked in marketing for years before that. He recently wrote a piece for Monthly Review... This is, obviously, a topic I come back to from many angles all the time. The colonizing of consciousness. Now, Mander is right, but he doesn't take this nearly far enough, for their are structural elements that mediate experience on even deeper levels than he suggests. From an interview on globalization with Mander and Scott London: London: I was working in the north of Norway in the mid-1980s. At the … [Read more...]

Theatre / part one

I've wanted to write a few thoughts about theatre that have been collecting in my head for months now. How does 'space' unlock itself to us in a theatre? First, before any answer, there is the question of 'external reality'. There is always several places in any such image (the above) -- the psyche is the seat of observation. The seat in the theatre of existence. One of the things Lacan introduced with the split subject is that there is always another screen. Perspective represented space. The Freud/Lacan notion that perception is always a transcription to *representation*. In film, something happens that is connected to the idea of a screen, a plane surface. In theatre, … [Read more...]

The Hungry Sheep Look Up

I have noticed lately that a lot of both leftists and liberals are resorting to bullying and manipulation around, mostly the US elections, but in other matters as well. Rebecca Solnit's piece is such an example. Now, I've always like Solnit, and I love her book on Muybridge, but this is just a very stupid and very sort of duplicitious piece. I have been thinking lately of activists and of occupy wall street, and of the enviornment. But because of who I am, and in this format, I've been thinking, as I always do, of how the populace today is being educated and how the master narrative is being … [Read more...]


I have been busy with lots of things, but wanted to post at least a brief entry today. As one watches the political spectacle of U.S. presidential elections, you will naturally come across all manner of other "news" distraction. This week was the emmies. I am surprised they still exist, and maybe I thought they didn't. But apparently they do, and the headline in three different on-line newspapers was about who was best dressed. So, it seems the awards don't even matter anymore within the enclosure of discourse established by the culture industry itself. (I think Julianne Moore was voted best dressed for those wondering). The actual winners were, in fact, hard to find. I never did find a … [Read more...]

From The Last Wave to Witness

I am noticing something of late, culturally speaking. I cant say I at all fully understand it, but I can offer a few observations. It seems that US culture, film and TV, is now so influential as to constitute reality. History has become the history of movies. Mention the name John Foster Dulles and it seems, from this present generation, you will likely see blank stares. Mention Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and you see their eyes light up. Mention Pinochet or Lumumba, or get very little reaction. Mention NYPD Blue, people will have a reaction. I've written on a lot of this already and there is a lot more to say. However, I want to focus on a few specific … [Read more...]

What Is Not

"It is not too far from the truth to suggest that this freedom of choice by a freely choosing subject, which operates the essays of Toulmin, Davie, Dworkin, and Booth, is the ideology of free enterprise at work-recognizably a politics of interpretation. Spivak The discussion raised last posting (on the unconscious) has led to a host of thoughts both directly and indirectly related. My interest is in a process or approach for the creation/production of artworks that will not be subsumed by Capitalist (bourgeois) models of identity. Now this is a subject needing a book length framework to really adequately cover, so I will just touch on some things that seem of interest to 'my' … [Read more...]

Fiction and Privacy

some brief notes: The increase in police and military surveillance has been precipitious. But something of a blow back has electronic snooping has increased, CCTV cameras everywhere, wire taps, etc, so has the public gained access to cheap video cameras, and of course their cell phones. So police brutality, something which has always gone on, is now being filmed. The police want laws to stop you filming them. They want to curtail the very thing they (well the system) have pushed through as part of the today's urban landscape. Suddenly they feel the loss of police privacy. Now, another topic comes to mind, which is connected to the two previous postings, but I suppose also … [Read more...]

Celebrity, Paranoia, and Risk

Several topics rattling around my head....that seem (!) related. But maybe everything is related. Joe Nava wrote a nice small essay titled Looking for the Unconscious in Film, on his blog, here... There is in this topic, a relation to the spectacle as it was vomited forth on all media outlets this week. The DNC. In particular, though, I've been thinking on Michelle Obama's speech. And by extension on the colonizing of consciousness. And I've been thinking a bit about Zizek, and how philosophy now, in the guise of this self promoting buffoon, is just more branding. Actually, its worse, for Zizek advertises himself as a leftist. And he's not left on anything. … [Read more...]