For Next Week: The Production of Culture

October 6, 2009

For Next week, Tues Oct 13 Read:

Required:
Walter Benjamin, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”

Katelyn Gannon will lead our discussion on Benjamin.

Recommended:
Excerpts from Chomsky, “Manufacturing Consent”

“The Politics of Gay Marketing”

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One Response to “For Next Week: The Production of Culture”

  1. Marzena Says:

    “The instant the criterion of authenticity ceases to be applicable to artistic production, the function of art is reversed. Instead of it being based on ritual, it begins to be based on another practice- politics.” (5)… “(mankind’s) self-alienation has reached such a degree that it can experience its own destruction as an aesthetic pleasure of the first order…” (15)

    Discussion Questions:
    Once we had been constituted as subjects via the enlightenment etc. is it even possible to produce art that is apolitical and ritualistic? How could art be about anything else, since it is not a separate from society? or is it? what space does art occupy within a “post industrial” society? What role should it occupy? Is it even worth studying, and if so, can we look at it the same way that we can look at pop culture as a way of decoding the ideologies, discourses, structures etc. prevalent in society or should it occupy a position outside of popular culture?


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