The building in Ballard’s novel seems to be an example of Brutalist architecture, a style that emerged in the postwar era. Here are some examples:
A Tesco’s in Slovenia:
A prior blog post with links: https://analepsis.org/2017/02/20/brutalism-415/
An interview with Ben Wheatley in a British architecture magazine: https://www.dezeen.com/2016/03/25/high-rise-movie-not-a-criticism-of-post-war-architecture-interview-director-ben-wheatley/
You couldn’t make this up. The richest man in the world is being honored with an equality award.
I think this story is fascinating. An art college in Lyon altered a photograph of a group of its students– making it appear that some of them were people of color– in order to appeal to prospective US students. I take this to be a consequence of living in a society where everything is monetizable, including racial and ethnic identity. Under neoliberalism an uncritical, opportunistic version of diversity easily becomes just another marketing technique.
First off, why does Luolo rate this but others don’t? Second, who among us doesn’t automatically think about the university as an institution of higher learning when they hear the phrase “interim associate vice president of strategic marketing?”
After the coup, Chile became the first neoliberal state. This clip comes from Patricio Guzman’s classic film, The Battle of Chile.
A whole range of television shows during the 70s addressed working class life.
The Jeffersons is a bit different because George Jefferson is an upwardly mobile figure– he owns several dry cleaning stores though his roots are much more modest.
Burt Reynolds died today. He was 82.