Leisure is like work: in this cultural and economic environment consumption operates according to the same logic as production.
Scrolling through all the information-detritus of the internet, looking for the next hit of amusement, or outrage, or faux-edifying factoid. This kind of activity is essentially what we do for an employer. We navigate the data to extract a momentarily engaging triviality. Divorced from any meaningful context (depth), these superficies (surfaces) solicit our attention, directing it away from reflection and toward the ephemeral sugar-buzz of sensation.
[ Commotion On TV ]
[ Man On TV ]
Let Osborne speak.
[ Jeers, Booing ]
Let the man speak !
we are Europeans.
Belsey, Deleuze, Todorov, Schneider and Schneider, Pyrhonen, Thoreau: pick one of these essays (one per student) from the ereader page and present it to the class on Wednesday, July 6 for extra credit. Write it up and turn it in.
1.15-1.30: Meet with FA Project group.
1.30-2: Review Midterms.
2-2.40: Cover Debord, Manchette, Adorno & Horkheimer. Clip from They Live.
3-4.40: Screen The Element of Crime
4.45-5.15: Discuss TEC
A brief reading of some aspects of Fatale: https://analepsis.org/2014/02/27/reading-fatale-hum415/
A clip from a film based on a novel by Manchette: https://analepsis.org/2014/03/07/nada-hum415/
“A User’s Guide to Detournement”: http://www.bopsecrets.org/SI/detourn.htm
Jennifer Howard, “Situationist Noir” from The Boston Review. Apr/May 2003.
Also, a brief essay by Manchette on the roman noir: https://www.marxists.org/archive/manchette/1994/roman-noir.htm