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He lingers on notions of class. Who are these office workers, exactly? Somehow they are “neither of the working class nor of the elite holders of capital.” They dress well; they’re clean and pale, as aristocrats once were.

Can we refer to office workers, as some do, as knowledge workers? Perhaps not. Mr. Saval quotes Peter Drucker, the management consultant, who said: “They expect to be ‘intellectuals.’ And they find that they are just ‘staff.’ ” The author says it out loud:

“The United States is a nation of clerks.”

“Man is born free, but he is everywhere in cubicles.”


the communities these people come out of

We have no problem in this country rewarding individuals of color momentarily as a way never to address structural cannibalistic inequalities that are faced by the communities these people come out of. …I am representative of a structural exclusion that room is made for “ones” so that room does not have to be made for the “manies”.

— Junot Diaz


We live in a time of excess…

Modernism / Postmodernism / Post-Postmodernism

Romanticism / Symbolism ‘Pataphysics / Dadaism Neurotic realism / Photoshopism
Form (conjunctive,closed) Antiform (disunctive,open) Internet (connective,endless)
Purpose Play Game
Design Chance Code
Hierarchy Anarchy Network
Mastery / Logos Exhaustion / Silence Excess / Cacophany
Art Object / Finished Work Process / Performance / Happening Fluidity / Seriality / Event
Distance Participation Immersion / Interactivity
Creation / Totalization Decreation / Deconstruction Re-creation
Synthesis Antithesis ––––
Presence Absence Access
Centering Dispersal Nomadism / Mobility
Genre / Boundary Text / Intertext Medium / Paratext
Semantics Rhetoric Iconology
Paradigm Syntagm Database
Hypotaxis Parataxis Permutation
Metaphor Metonymy Oxymoron
Selection Combination Remix
Root / Depth Rhizome / Surface Morph / Space
Interpretation / Reading Against interpretation / Misreading Experiencing / Rereading
Signified Signifier Mediation
Lisible (Readerly) Scriptible (Writerly) Interactive (Wreaderly)
Narrative / Grande Histoire Anti-narrative / Petite Historie Multi-narrative / Hypertext
Master Code Idiolect HTML
Symptom Desire Sensation
Type Mutant Cyborg / Clone
Genital / Phallic Polymorphous / Androgynous Performative / Nongender
Paranoia Schizophrenia Autism / ADHD
Origin / Cause Diffrence-Differance / Trace ––––
God the Father The Holy Ghost Google
Metaphysics Irony Trust / Earnestness
Determinacy Interderminacy Relationality
Transcendence Immanence DNA / Faith


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Notes On Money

I was listening to this podcast, Against the Grain, today and wanted leave some notes here.

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David Hawkes, Arizona State University

David Hawkes, “Faust Among the Witches: Towards An Ethics of Representation” Early Modern Culture

“The person gives up a portion of his life in exchange for a symbol of that portion. This symbol, which is money, then obtains a subjective power so that it determines the lives of the people whose activities it represents. A money economy is one in which people are ruled by a fetishized representation of themselves. A market economy is one ruled by this ghostly dead but supernaturally active power called money.”

David Hawkes, Ideology Routledge, 2003 (revised 2d ed.)

David Hawkes, The Culture of Usury in Renaissance England Palgrave Macmillan, 2010

Notes:

Time is inseparable from life and self. When time is sold, life / the self are sold.

Exchange value is symbolic and imposed upon use value. Money is a medium of exchange.

Experience, Subject / Experienced, Object


Cracked and Broken in ’88

Cracked and Broken in ’88

“Just wiped me out for nothing, straight-off the map,

a fifty-seven year sentence for a small amount of crack,” he said at the foot of his bed.

“Got caught-up!” he said again.

Wiped me out, straight-off the map, was all he thought.

“Sentencing for powder can’t stand next to its own degenerate concentrate form,” they say.

“Stricter sentencing for crack must be had,” they say.

Lost neighborhoods, lost souls,

in America that’s just the way it goes…