Monthly Archives: October 2012

Library Requests.

I just got an email from department. It seems that they want to pad their library budget by getting us to request books for 50 pounds or less. If I can help any readers of this blog by order their … Continue reading

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Towards a history of use-value.

Another point of interest that has cropped up in my studies is the way use-value has been variously interpreted in Marxist social and cultural theories. While it seems to me that what is important and brilliant about the category of … Continue reading

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Productive Strawmen: Notes on Consumer Culture, Value and Use-Value.

One of the things I’ve noticed preparing my lecture on consumer culture is the importance consumer culture theorists give to distinguishing their conception of value from Marx’s theory of value. This distinction is usually formulated as follows; whereas Marx’s labour … Continue reading

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Country Winners.

Today’s brutal seminar–with its blank faces and lack of responses–made me feel like this:

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Simmel and Lukacs

I came across the following passage in one of the texts to be discussed in today’s seminar. It supports Colletti,Elbe and others argument that much of Lukacs’ theory of reification is influenced by Simmel, particularly his opposition between quantity and … Continue reading

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Faust play a presidential debate.

Faust jamming the fuck out in a Seattle neighborhood dive bar with the presidential election projected on to them: Full story here.

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The Merchants of Cool.

Interesting documentary, if dated doc, I’ll be screening during class tomorrow on the teenage culture industry. I found the bits on ‘cool hunting’ where marketers follow teens around for days on end with cameras and turn the footage into a … Continue reading

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CFP Rethinking Work.

Tempted to through together an abstract on PR and value for the following, which looks interesting:   The 15th Annual Conference of the Marxist Reading Group Rethinking Work Keynote Speakers: Fredric Jameson, Kathi Weeks, Michael Denning, and Kevin Floyd March … Continue reading

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Productive Hypostatization and Productive Strawmen.

These week I’ve been preparing a lecture on consumer culture. While I find much of the stuff by Adam Arvidsson and Roberta Sassatelli interesting, some of their criticism has got me to thinking about the productive roles that hypostatization and … Continue reading

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Just when you think yr out……..

Feedback from my Supervisors is trickling in. The good news is that the content has been deemed substantial and original by one and generally good so far by the other. Not the rave reviews you initially imagine when starting a … Continue reading

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