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Hyper-Reality, Challenge, Ritual and the Negative Exchange

  1. “Production only accumulates, without deviating from its end. It replaces all illusions with just one, its own, which becomes the reality principle.” (Baudrillard, 2001, p. 84)

    Hyper-reality: In his essay Simulacra and Science Fiction, Baudrillard plots the diminishing distance between Continue reading

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Rape Culture: Extreme Pornography / Extreme Sexuality (Part 3.2)

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Extreme Sexuality 2

“’But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.’

‘In fact,’ said Mustapha Mond, ‘you’re claiming the right to be unhappy. Not to mention the right to grow old and ugly and impotent; the right to have syphilis and cancer, the right to have too little to eat; the right to be lousy; the right to live in constant apprehension of what may happen tomorrow; the right to catch typhoid; the right to be tortured by unspeakable pains of every kind.’ There was a long silence.

‘I claim them all,’ said the Savage at last.” (Aldous Huxley, Brave New World)

And:

“’Did you eat something that didn’t agree with you?’ asked Bernard.

The Savage nodded. ‘I ate civilization.’

‘What?’

‘It poisoned me; I was defiled. And then,’ he added, in a lower tone, ‘I ate my own wickedness.’” (Aldous Huxley, Brave New World)

Anti-pleasure and the Negative Sex

The principle of repression-liberation that works to energize, reveal and politically/socially engage various identities is fundamentally productive.[1] In fact, that the world is seen in terms of repression-liberation at all is itself a consequence of the productive gaze – that is, a gaze which seeks to Continue reading

Rape Culture: Extreme Pornography / Extreme Sexuality (Part 3.1)

Extreme Sexuality 1

The Liberation Principle

“The Matrix is surely the kind of film about the matrix that the matrix would have been able to produce” (Baudrillard, 2004)

As free-market globalisation and the artificial instruments of technology have intersected with the formerly established sex categories of male and female; and as discourse was liberated from its containment within these essentialist categories, an identity continuum was born right across the sex/gender spectrum. An identity continuum that liberated sex from its biological and social poles, opening it up as a market of unlimited, polymorphic potential.[1]

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Rape Culture: Extreme Pornography / Extreme Sexuality (Part 2)

“The steak? The steak!? What about the sole?! I’ll scalp ya…” (Dennis Potter – Secret Friends)

Extreme Pornography

Pornography: the explicit description or display of sexual organs/activities, intended to stimulate sexual arousal.

Obscenity: identified in England by its capacity to ‘deprave or corrupt’ a significant number of people that come into contact with it; hence obscenity turns on the notion of a public good or Continue reading

Rape Culture: Extreme Pornography / Extreme Sexuality (Part 1)

“When the world knows beauty as beauty, ugliness arises
When it knows good as good, evil arises
Thus being and non-being produce each other”
(Laozi, Tao Te Ching)
Today, there is much talk about ‘rape culture’: about whether or not it exists; about whether or not it elides with ‘rape fantasy’; about whether Continue reading

Against Analysis

“To produce is to force what belongs to another order (that of secrecy and seduction) to materialize.” (Baudrillard, Forget Foucault, pg. 37)

Preamble

The following is a reflection on a tendency of modern, techno- informational capitalist societies: the tendency to ‘analyse’, become ‘self-conscious’, to ‘decide’ or ‘choose’. It is a tendency which is demonstrated in David Foster-Wallace’s This is Water commencement speech and its character is exampled by the following excerpt:

“’Learning how to think’ really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience.” (David Foster-Wallace, This is Water, 8:10)

As a background, it is worth noting that Continue reading

Digital Mythologies / Digital Plagues – (Part 3)


”He’d always wanted to become quantum dust, transcending his body mass, the soft tissue over the bones, the muscle and fat. The idea was to live outside the given limits on a disk, in a chip, as data in whirl, in radiant spin, a consciousness saved from the void. The technology was imminent, or not; it was semi-mythical; it was the natural next step; it would never happen, it is happening now. An evolutionary advance that needed only the practical mapping of the nervous system onto digital memory […] But his pain interfered with his immortality. It was crucial to his distinctiveness. Too vital to be bypassed and not susceptible, he didn’t think, to computer emulation. The things that made him who he was could hardly be identified, much less converted to data. The things that lived and milled in his body, everywhere, random, riotous billions of trillions, in neurons and peptides, the throbbing temple-vein, in the veer of his libidinous intellect. So much come and gone. This is who he was. The lost taste of milk licked from his mother’s breast, the stuff he sneezes when he sneezes. This is him. And how a person becomes the reflection he sees in a dusty window when he walks by. He’d come to know himself, untranslatably, through his pain.” (Don DeLillo, Cosmopolis)


“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” (Albert Einstein, notice in his Princeton office)

Irrational Value

It is interesting that Continue reading