All things related to communication in a very broad sense. Things posted in this category may be related to mass media but are certainly not related to it. In a more general meaning, communication is the process by which things come into relation with one another. It also has a lot to do with the concept of community, with the idea of gift and debt and, last but not least, with phenomena related to separation and destruction (as a side effect of the coming-together which is usually associated with communication).
☛ Museo Nacional del Prado: “Perro semihundido” (“The Half-Submerged Dog” also known as “The Dog”), mural painting by Fransisco Goya, 131 cm x 79 cm, between 1819 and 1823. In a piece he wrote for The Guardian in 2003, art critic Robert Hughes (1938-2012) commented Goya’s painting, and described the inscrutable dog’s head, the lonely […]
Fools lament the decay of criticism [Verfall der Kritik]. For its day is long past. Criticism is a matter of correct distancing. It was at home in a world where perspectives and prospects counted and where it was possible to take a standpoint. Now things press too closely on human society. The “unclouded,” “innocent” eye […]
• By Philippe Theophanidis on February 13, 2014 ― Published in Communication | Tagged: advertisement, advertising, Benjamin, capitalism, criticism, critique, distance, facades, film, present, space, spectacle
As a matter of fact, the hypothesis I would like to suggest is that the prevailing governmental paradigm in Europe today is not only non democratic, but that it cannot either be considered as political. I will try therefore to show that the European society today is no more a political society: it is something […]
• By Philippe Theophanidis on February 11, 2014 ― Published in Communication | Tagged: Agamben, biopolitics, biopower, control, exception, government, indifference, liberalism, police, politics, power, security, state, surveillance
☛ Surveiller et punir by Michel Foucault, Paris: Gallimard, coll. Bibliothèque des Histoires, 1975 (printing from 1977). Scanned images by Jeremy Crampton, retrieved from his blog Open Geography. Follow the link for larger reproductions. Jeremy Crampton is Associate Professor of geography in the Department of Geography at University of Kentucky. He runs the blog Open […]