|Poster Boys of Critical Theory also known as I make weird collages when I'm bored.|
But not actually, and I'm sick of people finding ways to work in Walter Benjamin into an article about Instagram. Not everyone studies this stuff! Not everyone has the privilege of studying this stuff! And I find it so unnecessarily alienating to shove it in just so three people can get the reference. To be honest, if you are inspired by these people a better way to continue their work would be to make your own theory, your own thoughts, thoughts that can be shared and discussed by all. Philosophy, theory, is rooted in invention, not repetition. Reproducing art in the age of mechanical reproduction is kinda ironic no?
I can't change these systems, not on my own at least, not right now. When I have a beautiful media empire of positive pop culture discussion maybe then! But today I can at least break down who these people are, to share the knowledge, and realise that their work isn't actually as much of a big deal as ppl in the new yorker or w/ever make out.
This quote from Vice for their 'Slob's Guide to Critical Theory' pretty much says it all tbh:
"A year after you leave education you’ll have no idea what it means but you’ll have a better, instinctive (i.e. borrowed) understanding of society and for a brief moment you’ll be able to say: “I read Roland Barthes and I sort of got where he was coming from.”
Coz okay this stuff is all about 'deconstructung reality' but that's the contents of the book and who reads the inside of books? So the notion of borrowed lip synching criticality is contradictory and bizarre, a new sort of unreality, which is interesting in itself...I suppose.
Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Walter Benjamin
"Remember, the “j” in Benjamin is silent. People have been ruined in academic society for fucking that up."
-Slob's Guide to Critical Theory
There are two Uncle Walt's, Uncle D, and Uncle B, both made their careers in the moving pictures.
Ways of Seeing, John Berger
"John Berger is either super feminist or super not feminist, I forget, but the book has more pictures in than words so that's cool."
-Me being deep
"I have a lot of problems with the academic queer community because it's a community that exists completely removed from reality," he says. "Those kids who are selling their bodies on the West Side Highway, on Christopher Street, they don't even know what the fuck queer theory is."
-Mykki Blanco may be clueless when it comes to Terry but this is yesss
And the rest! Denigrated in image in a mood board on a blog! Oh no! (Also I've written on Baudrillard here, and Deleuze here, so there's that....