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
You must shut all the chamber windows, and it will do well to shut up all holes besides, lest any light breaking in should spoil all. Onely make one hole, that shall be a hands breadth and length; above this fit a little leaden or brass Table, and glew it, so thick as a paper; […]
• By Philippe Theophanidis on December 30, 2013 ― Published in Communication, Technology | Tagged: camera-obscura, Guy Debord, ideology, Karl Marx, Louis Althusser, media, milieu, Politic, representation, spectacle
☛ David Fenton: “Paramount Theatre, Oakland, 2010” by David Fenton, from the Oakland series. © David Fenton. Used with permission. (It is worth noting that the photographer David Fenton of davidfenton.com, featured here, is not the same as the former photojournalist David Fenton of fenton.com. The later, one generation older, is the founder and CEO […]
A black and white photo from 1954 shows a collapsed beauty contestant lying inanimate on the floor while her colleagues indifferently keep the pose.