26, Aug 2008 09:25
it is almost time for the new academic year to begin. hard to believe it, but soon the classes will start up. what will i be doing this year. looks busy!
the manuscript for the complicity project is due march first. that's less time than it sounds like. i currently have a plan for pulling together the manuscript, which for the most part could, say the anonymous readers, be more readerly
traces of the diverse:
i will need to place much of the traces work on hold, but i do hope to produce more podcasts. as i produce them, i will announce them here
thoughts for teaching:
one of the courses i am teaching in the autumn concerns visual cultures. certainly debord's _society of the spectacle_ serves as an important text for such a course. i wonder, however, if it is possible to think of debord beyond the spectacle as he conceived it--connected to the "push" mass media--and bring it to the myriad ways that "new media" have formed a generalized spectacle of consumer preference and social relations. as early as benjamin's work on mechanical reproducibility, scholarship has attended to the ways that publics became visible to themselves in film. according to benjamin, these spectacles partook in a fascist "aestheticization of politics." in response, one challenge of film was to provide a politicization of aesthetics. currently, public visibility is a hallmark of "pull" media and social networking sites, in which people actively collaborate in the production and dissemination of knowledge about themselves. to what extent can debord's notions of the society of the spectacle be extended to this situation, or do we need new tools to think about the generalized spectacle?
下學期的課程中有“視覺文化“ (visual cultures）課，這門課，也讓我想起一個有趣的問題。