Toward the end of their essay, Tuters and Varnelis write in response to Marxist and Freudian approaches, that it might be “worthwhile to revisit our standard theoretical frames for interpreting technological fetishism” (2006:362). I find it interesting that they seem to be unaware of their own technological fetishism, particularly in citing the MILK and “How […]
This is really interesting in terms of discourses about “our children” in a post-Nuclear world: watch?v=dDTBnsqxZ3k&feature=fvwrel The “Daisy” TV ad that Johnson ran against Goldwater in the 1964 US presidential campaign, cited as the first televised political attack ad.
Walter Benjamin’s influential essay on the work of art in the age of “its technological reproducibility”, argues that, while art has always been theoretically reproducible, the “here and now of the original”, its “authenticity”, its “aura” and its “unique existence”, are obliterated with “mechanical reproduction”. Yet Benjamin also notes that mechanical reproduction enables new kinds […]
Problematic and predictable “rhetorical strategies” of postcolonial museum scholarship, as described by Michael Brown (2009): Comb the archives for objectionable, racist declarations by long-dead museum employees, mix in a bit of authorial hand wringing about a troubling exhibit label or two, flavor with a dollop of Foucault and a dash of Gramsci, shake vigorously, serve. […]
After our discussion of the debate surrounding Vancouver’s Neon signage in the 50s and 60s, I thought this clip from “Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold” about Sao Paulo Brazil was an interesting contemporary example:
“The larger task is to bridge the gap between documentation practices and information needs that require the inclusion of a modernist, post-structural, and postmodernist paradigms, and the particular social and cultural ideas posited by a diverse community of users. They need to provide authoritative information but also acknowledge the fragmentary, arbitrary, and plural nature of […]