Posts Tagged ‘ Iconic Medium ’

The Organ with No Body – Towards Virtual Worlds (Part 3)

Towards Virtual Worlds

Since about 2007, it has been widely observed that, after a vibrant ‘hype-cycle’ and excitable growth, the virtual world Second Life entered a short decline followed by a period of stagnation. Announced dead by various ‘techno-pundits’ more times than anyone cares to recall, Continue reading

Form and Content: The Disappearance of Ideology

In my last post on Murdoch, I made the following observation: that Continue reading

Existential, Relational and Spectacular Space

In a previous article on Conflict Narratives, we saw two areas of social exchange – the relational or experiential space (made up of direct involvement with events and other people) and the spectacular or universal space (made up of cultural and creative projections onto TV screens, into books, magazines etc. Essentially Spectacular Space is made up of shared, communal media).

It is the quality of direct, relational experience Continue reading

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