Lady Gaga (The Iconic Medium)

“Madonna is desperately seeking a body able to generate illusion, a naked body consumed by its own appearance. She would like to be naked, but she never manages it. She is perpetually harassed, if not by leather and metal, then by the obscene desire to be naked, by the artificial mannerism of exhibition. But this produces total inhibition and, for the spectator, radical frigidity. So, paradoxically she ends up personifying the frenetic frigidity of our age.” (Baudrillard, The Perfect Crime p. 127)

Prior to reading Camille Paglia’s ‘explosive’ article on Lady Gaga, I thought I’d have to work to bring out every interesting motif in Gaga’s work. As it happens, Continue reading

Culture and Cruelty: Some Preliminaries on Relationships

“You can’t ignore divorce rates. Every friend of mine has parents who are divorced. I didn’t go into it with Max thinking, ‘This is going to last forever’. But I did go into it thinking, ‘I love him right now and I know that I will continue to love him for a long while’.” (Peaches Geldof, Heat magazine)

Contrary to the pastiche simulation of past moralities engaged in by mainstream media outlets, Continue reading

The Autoamputation of Lust

“Physiologically, the central nervous system, that electric network that coordinates the various media of our senses, plays the chief role. Whatever threatens its function must be contained, localised or cut off even to the total removal of the offending organ.” (McLuhan: Understanding Media pg.64-65).

For McLuhan, ‘autoamputation’ is that function through which all media and technology are created. That due to some irritation of the nervous system, some organ of that system would be projected out into the world Continue reading