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Don’t Be Distracted with the Surface; Inquire Deeper

The spectacle appears at first as just a maelstrom of images swirling about the suck hole of their own nothingness. Here is a political leader. Here is one with better … Continue reading

March 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Spectacle Abolishes Motives and Consequences

[T]he public confines itself to spectacle’s primary virtue, which is to abolish all motives and all consequences: what matters to this public is not what it believes but what it … Continue reading

March 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Spectacle Rules Cable News

To the cable news camera, structural oppression is harder to capture than a burning cop car. Spectacle still rules cable news. Alex Pareene, “Cable News Charnel,” The Baffler, 2015 Notes: This … Continue reading

December 31, 2015 · Leave a comment