Daily Archives: September 17, 2014

The Flames of War (HUM425)

You might want to look at what is purported to be the new ISIS video titled “Flames of War”. Youtube is apparently taking it down, but it keeps popping up. Notably it is much more visually complex than the recent videos of Foley and others. It is also somehow less disturbing I would argue because it seems to participate within a whole tradition of hyperreal war cinema. Frankly, it feels like a trailer for some War on Terror action flick. Matthew Weaver, at the UK Guardian, provides a formal analysis: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/17/islamic-state-video-threatens-white-house-us-troops

Abolition (HUM415)

You are not a loan.

http://strikedebt.org/#get-involved

Strike Debt abolishes $3.8 million in student loan debt.

http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/sep/17/occupy-activists-student-debt-corinthian-colleges

“The ideology of debt is one of the most powerful tools ever created to justify situations of violent inequalities and not only make them seem moral, but also make them seem as if it is the victim who is to blame.”

http://magazine.ouishare.net/2013/10/graeber-morality-debt/