We live in a media machine. Screens are all around us, sticking to our eyes and our fingers. I am cybernetically engaged with a screen as I make this page. You are cybernetically engaged with a screen as you read and click. Ideological notions, selections, and misinformation, as well as active “subjectification” as one or another type of subject–the “male,” the “female,” the “democrat,” the “libertarian,” the “gamer,” the “blogger”… flow through this vast media architecture, at us and through us all day long. Yet if we understand how the system works, we can also take a certain distance from it, to return a bit to our senses and figure out where we’re actually at and what we actually could do.
1. DEBORD THE SOCIETY OF THE SPECTACLE
Debord Baudrillard audio lecture (MM)
Recommended Reading: Guy DeBord, The Society of the Spectacle, pp. 6-25.DeBord notes
2. BAUDRILLARD THE VIRTUAL
Baudrillard audio lecture
Recommended Reading: Jean Baudrillard, The Transparency of Evil, pp. 85-91, and The Intelligence of Evil, pp. 75-85.Baudrillard Collapse of Reprsentatoin
3. CHOMSKY MANUFACTURING CONSENT
Chomsky audio lecture
Recommended Reading: Chomsky, Manufacturing Consent, pp. lvix-2; xi-xxix (Preface, p. 1 and 2 [stop before “1.1”]… Introduction till “Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia”). 2nd: Chomsky, Manufacturing Consent, pp. xxix-xlix
4. HARVEY NEOLIBERAL IDEOLOGY
Recommended Reading: David Harvey, Neoliberalism, pp. 5-38. 2nd: David Harvey, Neoliberalism, pp. 39-63.
Harvey Postman Klein audio lecture
NOTES ON HARVEY(1) - Tagged
Friedman audio lecture