That moment when you’re working on an analysis of a piece of art and you dumbly stumble upon a minor piece of information that totally tosses your analysis upside-down. :I
So here’s the issue that I’m having trouble reconciling. The postmodern late-capitalist state is (according to Baudrillard and Jameson anyway) a state where objects just become symbols of particular ideas, and we consume objects in order to attempt to actualize ideas (which is sort of impossible because the objects are just arbitrary signifiers of those ideas). This means that even counterculture movements ostensibly directed against consumerism are still part of this process where we’re being pushed further and further away from objects into the realm of signs.
But when you’re still fishing cupboards and bottles out of the trash for your interior decorating projects, is it really reasonable to just dismiss this as another form of consumerism? I’m not sure it is.
totalitarian dystopian future lit is like “what if the government got so powerful that all the bad stuff that’s already happening ALSO HAPPENED TO WHITE PEOPLE?”
Ain’t got a care in world,
but got plenty of beer.
Ain’t got no money in my pocket,
Ｂ Ｕ Ｔ Ｉ ’ Ｍ Ａ Ｌ Ｒ Ｅ Ａ Ｄ Ｙ Ｈ Ｅ Ｒ Ｅ.
how seeing the shape of your mouth
that first time, I kept staring
until my blood turned to rain.
Some things take root
in the brain and just don’t
Newly anointed Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said this week that it would be OK for Internet service providers to charge Netflix and other companies for a faster lane to consumers.
Wheeler’s stance is surprising given that it appears to contradict the FCC’s Open Internet Order, passed under his predecessor in 2010. That order, which sets out the country’s network neutrality rules, says that fixed broadband providers may not “unreasonably discriminate” against any type of traffic. The order specifically calls out pay-for-play arrangements as being potential violations.
Wheeler (a former lobbyist for the cable and wireless industries) spoke positively about the order but said he wouldn’t mind if Netflix has to pay for a faster lane to consumers while answering questions Monday after a policy speech at Ohio State University.
"I am a firm believer in the market," he said. “I think we’re also going to see a two-sided market where Netflix might say, ‘well, I’ll pay in order to make sure that you might receive, my subscriber receives, the best possible transmission of this movie.’"
This is horseshit. The level playing field of the internet is what makes it such a powerful place for new, disruptive ideas. I shared Humans vs. Zombies and Cards Against Humanity online when I was flat broke, and I was able to do that because I didn’t have to ask for permission or pay anything extra to make those things available. The same is true of Tumblr, Google, Facebook, YouTube, Kickstarter, and just about every other internet company that you love and use.
Edit: Spytap adds,
Without any element of hyperbole, if “former lobbyist for the cable and wireless industry” Tom Wheeler gets his wish, it’s the end of the internet as a medium for societal and commercial transformation. There is no more efficient way to kill every single iota of progress and momentum that’s built up over the past 25 years than by creating preferential lanes on the internet.
It. Will. Die.
And anyone willing to be so mindbogglingly shortsighted over what can be counted amongst the greatest inventions of mankind has no business wielding any sort of authority over its subsequent evolution.
Edit II: pugilispretentia writes,
I cannot imagine Netflix being faster than it is.
This isn’t about Netflix paying ISPs for a faster connection than they already have. It’s about the ISPs being able to charge Netflix to stream at the same speed they do now, i.e. “pay us or we’ll slow your website down.” Do you see how much harder that would make it to ever start a site like Netflix? That’s what’s at stake when we talk about net neutrality.
re-reblogging this for the updates.
"I am a firm believer in the market,"
Yup, we’re fucked.
Christ I hate capitalists.
- me: polysexual polyamory!
- teacher: I didn't even ask a question...
- me: *whispers loudly* but isn't that always the answer?
- teacher: are you even in this class?
"The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living."
Goth. As. Fuck.
And then there’s:
"The revolution of the nineteenth century must let the dead bury their dead in order to arrive at its own content."
Bourgeois Lugosi’s dead. UNDEAD UNDEAD UNDEAD
Anyway, clearly I need to write an essay about the Gothic Style of Marx and the Marxist Style of Goth. It will, predictably, be entitled:
"Mother Russia Rain Down, Down Down: The Dominion of Marx in Goth."