Posts Tagged ‘ Marshall McLuhan ’

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

The Organ with No Body: Towards Virtual Worlds – Part 2

Part 2: The Organ with No Body

“The strangeness will wear off and I think we will discover the deeper meanings in modern art.” – (Jackson Pollock)

In his book, Understanding Media, McLuhan argues that our concentration on images and sounds, which has been intensified by TV, radio and cinema, leads to a reorganization of our sense ratios, mixing and mingling our sensual inputs within the whole nervous system more generally:

“For good or ill, the TV image has Continue reading

The Organ with No Body: Towards Virtual Worlds – Part 1

Part 1: Textural Experience

In his book A Clockwork Orange,Anthony Burgess, through the character of Alex, may be seen to reveal a relationship in the brain between violence and beauty. Continue reading

Form and Content: The Disappearance of Ideology

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

Murdoch: Void Art

  1. In an episode of Channel 4’s 10 o’Clock Live,Charlie Brooker made reference to the scandal surrounding ‘sexist’ remarks made by Sky Sport’s presenters Andy Gray and Richard Keys. Brooker held up a Sun newspaper and presented the front page:

    Sun
    (Article calling for the removal of both presenters
    Pic: Sian Massey, lineswoman target of remarks)

    This page Brooker referred to, half in earnest and half in jest, Continue reading

Violence and Involvement – The Electric Dionysus – (Part 3)

BDSM: Violence and Involvement – Some Tendencies of Electric Love

Frank Booth: “You receive a love-letter from me, you’re fucked forever! You understand, fuck?!” – the speeding car, the sucking on amyl nitrite, the constancy of the rage, mixing roles between Daddy, Mummy, the child and the adult, Frank Booth is Continue reading

Violence and Involvement: The Electric Dionysus – (Part 2)

Bataille: The Electric Dionysus

Georges Bataille was perhaps one of the first to feel the weight of this problem – the chaffing effect of mechanical reason on the instantaneous electric man. In his book on eroticism, Continue reading