Edge

Virilio’s concept of dromoscopy, the effect of speed on vision, has a cultural efficacy when one considers the smooth topology of the segmented spectacle. Edges enable a perspective of anticipation, surprise and wonder. This is different to the socialised punchline of commodified expectations. Compositions of aesthetic objects can create an ‘edge’. An ambience that induces […]

Cultural Studies is more Neo-Liberal than Neo-Liberalism

Michael Berube wrote a deliberately polemical column in The Chronicle of Higher Education about the non-impact of Cultural Studies in US universities. His argument has three dimensions: 1) Cultural Studies has a very slight institutional profile in US institutions. Berube gauges this according to the number of standalone graduate programs in Cultural Studies. 2) Cultural […]

Ethics of Sharing, Adulthood and Online Culture

I have recently written about sharing (halfway down the post) in the context of new experiences producing new configurations of intimacy and estrangement. Cathie McGinn has an interesting and, for me at least, provocative post on her blog about the tension between the public/private distinction and the socio-technical convenience of sharing online. She argues that […]

Cultural Politics of Unhappy Little Vegemites

There have been various critiques already mobilised regarding what is at stake in this uFail 2.0 iSnack 2.0 shenanigans. I like Chookspot’s critique on on nationalistic grounds where the unveiling of the new name was likened to someone in the US arse-fucking a bald eagle as the quarter time entertainment at the Superbowl. It reminds […]