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

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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