[T]he parrhesia in social media may set individuals against one another in pointless struggles for authenticity while precluding them from uniting politically to fight for shared goals against those remote elites. The satisfaction of those games, the “self” and “truth” that emerges from those compulsions [...] make the present tolerable or even pleasurable while altering nothing about a general condition that makes people feel overburdened, depressed, precarious, excluded, humiliated. There is a pale satisfaction in making a limited truth in the moment, even if it has no effect on the distribution of power or the way one is known by society.
In a series of recent posts at The New Inquiry
, Rob Horning writes about the construction of the self in social media as novelistic pleasure
, ego depletion
, and Foucauldian truth game
Run away from Michel Foucault.
Cameron Kunzelman is a games journalist and creator. He has made a little web game where you try to evade the French historian. His blog
. His twitter
. More Kunzelman Previously
Bush's memoir, Decision Points,
gets a Foucauldian
analysis in the London Review of Books.
Awesome quote: "On his first trip to Paris in 2002, Junior, now president of the United States, stood beside Jacques Chirac at a press conference and said: ‘He’s always saying that the food here is fantastic and I’m going to give him a chance to show me tonight.’"(Book mentioned previously.)
Foucault in Iran: Revolution, Entropy and Equality
By way of introduction to the Wu Ming Foundation
) re-vamped blog
, one of their more substantive essays re-assessing Foucault's notorious
enthusiasm for the Iranian revolution.
"Only if the opposing team can prove that the material world of our perceptions is real, and not a hallucination, do they earn the right to have their arguments considered on their merits."
High school debate used to be the province of fast talkers with notecards full of facts and figures -- until literary theory got into the act. Kritik
, a family of tactics derived from au courant Continental thinkers like Foucault, Zizek, Spivak (and old favorites like Nietzsche and Heidegger) aims not merely to counter the opposing team's arguments but to expose them as manifestations of implicit oppressive paradigms. Kritik was pioneered in the early 1990s by Ft. Hays State University debate coach Bill Shanahan
(who later experimented with another novel tactic by mooning a rival debate coach
in a college meet.) [more inside]
A society without power relations can only be an abstraction. Which, be it said in passing, makes all the more politically necessary the analysis of power relations in a given society, their historical formation, the source of their strength or fragility, the conditions which are necessary to transform some or to abolish others. For to say that there cannot be a society without power relations is not to say either that those which are established are necessary or, in any case, that power constitutes a fatality at the heart of societies, such that it cannot be undermined. Instead, I would say that the analysis, elaboration, and bringing into question of power relations and the "agonism" between power relations and the intransitivity of freedom is a permanent political task inherent in all social existence.
"Saint" Michel Foucault (1926-1984)
transformed Western thought. Institutions -- prisons
-- define the rhythm of our daily existence; Foucault found that they also determine the way we think. The search for the political and philosophical implications of this insight led him to biology and economics
and the study of sexuality
. In Foucault's eyes, intellectual activity, however radical, could never be divorced
from the techniques of power
. This is why some have accused him of political quietism
. Other critics say he was simply a bad scholar
. Who was the real Foucault? "Anarchist, leftist, ostentatious or disguised Marxist, nihilist, explicit or secret anti-Marxist, technocrat in the service of Gaullism, new liberal,"
gay saint, charlatan, or something else entirely? Perhaps we have posed the question incorrectly...
And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make. Foucault
's returning to Humanism.
is hard to define
; however it is easy enough
to apply to academic writing. The ideas set forward by Foucault have now been (successfully?) combined with computer programming
. Not sure what it all means? Take a look at some background reading for art-theory-challenged
~Did I ever tell you I'm your hero? I am the subtext beneath your sling
[Not work-safe. Don't read it out loud, anyway.]
strives for intelligent, what about full-on intellectual erotica? I submit Foucault's Pendulous...
at Suspect Thoughts
. Not – at all – to be confused with Foucault's Pendulum
, which oddly enough has its own bit of intellectual erotica in it that ties together the Khaballah, new pregnancy, and a woman telling her husband he's being an idiot, all at the same time.