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Dawson’s Creek S4E6 - “Great Xpectations” (Bruce Seth Green, 2000)


Sergei Eisenstein and Charlie Chaplin.


Sergei Eisenstein and Charlie Chaplin.

snfprtch replied to your post:I’m reading it really slowly and in fits and…

Ahhhhhhh this interests me because i read that book in 3 days, it’s a WILD RIDE! But isn’t it incredible? It just puts so much in perspective

In an odd way I feel I can justify the slow-going based on the way Jameson frames the usually quite short chapters like concepts in a constellation or model (I think? it seems like this is what he’s up to). But yes! wonderful! I’m so impressed by how thoroughly Adorno-Jameson grounds the theory in the historical movement of capital. It’s like, of course identity and totality are monstrous concepts that gesture to enormous destruction and violence, and that’s precisely why we must insist on thinking through them (we’re still capitalist—that fact hasn’t fundamentally changed!). I’m just love the emphasis on the consequences of thinking and thought.

I’m reading it really slowly and in fits and starts, but this Jameson book on Adorno is seriously rewiring my entire conception of Marxism.

Causality has similarly withdrawn into totality … each state of things is horizontally and vertically connected to all others, illuminates all of them [tingiert] just as it is illuminated by all in turn. The last doctrine in which Enlightenment used causality as a decisive political weapon, the Marxist doctrine of infrastructure and superstructure, now lags innocently behind a condition in which not only the machineries of production, distribution and domination, but also economic and social relationships along with ideologies are inextricably interwoven, and in which living people have themselves become bits of ideology. Where ideology is no longer added on to things as their justification or their mystification or glamorization, but has been transformed into the appearance of the inevitability and therefore the legitimacy of the status quo, a critique that operates with the unequivocal causal relationships of base and superstructure misses the mark. In the total society all things are equidistant from the center; such a society is fully as transparent, and its apologia as threadbare, as those people grow extinct who once saw through it.
Theodor Adorno, Negative Dialectics (trans. Fredric Jameson)
The prison … functions ideologically as an abstract site into which undesirables are deposited, relieving us of the responsibility of thinking about the real issues afflicting those communities from which prisoners are drawn in such disproportionate numbers … It relieves us of the responsibility of seriously engaging with the problems of our society, especially those produced by racism and, increasingly, global capitalism.
Angela Davis, “Are Prisons Obsolete?” (via chinesekleptocracy)

Lydia Ainsworth - Hologram

o shit


Foucault Vs. Chomsky 

It’s the economy, stupid!
old Marxist maxim

Have you been in the cinema watching a film, and it’s had an almost supernatural effect on you—elevated you out of your material state?
Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Yes, yes. That movie was [Tsai Ming-liang’s] Good Bye, Dragon Inn. Because it brought me back to my home town. It’s the same kind of cinema, and similar kinds of characters, and it made me cry inside. It’s one of the best films for me.