Daily Archives: November 5, 2014

The Image/ Kpop Assignment (HUM415)

Choose one of the following prompts. Be advised, per Cremin, that while a choice my imply some degree of agency it does not necessarily mean that you are free.

1. Curate a Kpop video and analyze it as a symptom of/ response to the culture of contemporary capitalism. You should not, obviously, use a video we’ve already discussed in class. Use formal terms taken from the Lenos/Ryan pdf.

2. Create or curate an image that represents global capitalism, either some specific facet of this socio-economic system or in its totality (which is probably impossible but your effort might be really interesting). Explain why this image is an appropriate visualization of capitalism in a compelling, cogent, and informed fashion.

Due 11/20 by 8 pm. No late submissions.

iCommunism (HUM415)

“[I]t is the whole that is irrational rather than the part” (Cremin 32).

Compare this with Adorno: “The whole is the false” (Minima Moralia 50).

Or contrast it with a principle of ir/rationality, along the lines of The Assignment. Rationalization produces irrational behavior (Achilles, Polypheme).

According to the capitalist wordview meaning, responsibility, and action always reside at the level of the individual. This is the atomistic or “monadic” view of society. Global warming, then, as Cremin indicates, is posited not as the consequence of a mode of production but the aggregate impact of many self-interested individuals. People, not capitalist relations, are the problem. The answer is thus clear: to encourage and perhaps even coerce limits on population growth. We can think of this program as a kind of neo-eugenics because it’s obvious who is supposed to lower their birth rates.

Tomorrow let’s focus on the first two chapters of iCommunism and look at a few clips.