Archive for March 2013

An essential guide to those technological totems and taboos which help us navigate the chaotic terrain of today’s mediascape.

Mar 25th, 2013 | By

The Totem Redux The totem is dead and buried; both as a way to help organize social cohesion (for participants) and as a model for the mapping of any given group (for observers). After all, it has been over half a century since the doyen of structuralist anthropology, Claude Levi-Strauss delivered his influential funeral oration

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Negative Capitalism – Cynicism in the Neoliberal Era

Mar 20th, 2013 | By

Tested in the fire of violent politics, financial chicken, depression, online sex and cynicism, comes a vicious love-letter to contemporary life. What is Negative Capitalism? When was the last time you had a couple of days of just relaxation, without the pretext of a holiday, which didn’t involve checking emails, buying things, or guiltily trying

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Hungry Capital – Luigi Russi

Mar 15th, 2013 | By

Russi issues a stark warning, as he identifies how the drive for profits and the deregulation of commodity trading are re-shaping the business strategies of the large corporations who procure, broker and reassemble our food. The result is the acceleration of the ecological crises facing the food supply. David Barling, Reader in Food Policy, City

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Capitalist Realism

Mar 8th, 2013 | By

Guest Blog from Mark Fisher I often joke that, as I was completing Capitalist Realism in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008, it felt as if capitalism might be finished before the book was. Yet it was very soon clear that the crisis had not ended capitalism, nor had it ended capitalist realism.

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Clampdown – Pop-cultural wars on class and gender

Mar 5th, 2013 | By

THE GREATER ROCK‘N’ROLL SWINDLE by Rhian E. Jones ‘A given socio-historical moment is never homogeneous; on the contrary, it is rich in contradictions.’ – Antonio Gramsci ‘Rock’n’roll is not just an important part of our culture… It’s immensely important to the future of this country.’ – Tony Blair, 1994 The picture taken in July 1997 at

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Beyond Capitalism? The future of radical politics – Luke Cooper and Simon Hardy

Mar 1st, 2013 | By

Challenges for a new left Has capitalism lost its capacity for internal renewal – to reform under the pressures of its own crises and antagonisms? Speaking back in 1996 on his book, The Future of Capitalism, Lester Thurow reflected on how social progress had been achieved in the 20th century. He anticipated that the decline of left

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