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No Alternative — Real Life
"Online interactivity has been limited to a few large sites oriented toward advertising and shopping. Scrolling through your feed — the word itself conjures a pig’s trough — feels more like flipping through channels than surfing the web of yore. What once seemed like the birth of an interactive and participatory new media environment has shifted to an ostensibly more consumer-friendly (and more scrutinized) method of watching television, and today’s cultural critics, rather than condemn television, help us use our high-speed connections to select which shows to “binge” on."

"But the rush back into the arms of establishment media seems like another kind of problem. It speaks to another simple solution, that the solution to Trump’s careening demagoguery is a return to the neoliberal technocracy and its officially sanctioned ideologies. It is a desire for a narrower world where corporations promise to, once again, produce a stable sense of shared reality through mass culture. If the world cannot be better, it can at least be predictable, the way television was. The new alternative is no alternative, again."
Internet  culture  subcultures  alternative  subsumption  irony  irreverence  transgression  consumerism  socialMedia  identity  control  alt-right  fakeNews  misinformation  media  newspapers  NewYorkTimes  WashingtonPost 
january 2018 by petej
Inside The Barista Class - The Awl
"Grabbing a croissant and an americano every morning from the same group of downwardly mobile performer-bohemians is the perfect test case for the creative class’s ideal of semi-anonymous community. After a while working these jobs, answering the same class-baiting questions day after day, it starts to feel more like playing a set piece than anything else."
coffee  culture  baristas  work  labour  Brooklyn  gentrification  fashion  subcultures  youth 
march 2014 by petej
Not a skateboarder | Hannah Nicklin
It comes down to this: “why is your cultural practice more important than mine?
Why are our made up places less important than yours?”
London  Southbank  skateboarding  space  place  culture  subcultures  exclusion  control  power 
february 2014 by petej
Some thoughts on creativity, hipsters and gentrification: a hasty reply to Aleks Eror | the shape of utopia to come
"But ‘creatives’ can also resist. Those at the bottom of the creative class can realise that their true class allegiance isn’t with the other creatives, but with the working class, refugees, the poor, the dispossessed, the exploited, the excluded. Hamburg might offer some hope here – there, ‘creative’ areas fight (often literally) to prevent their gentrification (and link that struggle to other struggles – the struggle for alternative spaces, for migrant rights, etc). Artists organise alongside squatters and the poor to prevent capitalists hoovering up the profits from their hard work.

In the UK, sadly, ‘creatives’ (myself included,) seem all-too happy to follow Eror – to shrug their shoulders and complain ‘but I’m losing out too, it’s not my fault! I like poor people and black people! I don’t mean to force them out!’.

Capitalism, quite simply, doesn’t give a fuck."
housing  gentrification  artists  creativity  capitalism  creatives  subcultures  culture 
february 2014 by petej
Ian Penman reviews ‘Mod’ by Richard Weight · LRB 29 August 2013
"The links can be tenuous, to say the least. Jean-Luc Godard gets in for A Bout de souffle. OK, but Weight makes it sound like Summer Holiday with Gitanes and avant-garde haircuts."

"At this year’s Glastonbury festival, young students danced to the seventy-year-old pied piper Mick Jagger, while their parents ‘had it large’ with shouty grime acts."

" ‘Perhaps, in that sense, we are all modernists now,’ Weight (sort of) concludes. Really? How do the intense ardour and idealism of all those modernist dreams live on in the freeze-dried clamour of postmodernism? Are we really all modernists now? Sometimes we look more like the bloodless archivists of a real gone time."

I loooove Ian Penman.
music  jazz  culture  fashion  subcultures  UK  Trad  Mod  book  review  LRB  dctagged  dc:creator=PenmanIan 
august 2013 by petej

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