Author: gnovisguest

  • Digitizing Foucault (Part 2 of 2)

    When Foucault wrote about "technologies of the self" in the 1980s, he wasn't thinking about technology in terms of the bits or bytes that might first come to mind for us now. However, as our lives and social interactions become more and more mediated by network technology, our digitized lives could indeed become sites of the self-formulation that Foucault was theorizing.

  • Digitizing Foucault (Part 1 of 2)

    I think it's safe to say that, were he alive today, Foucault would have a lot to say about the internet and it's role in discursive subject-formation in Western society. Not only has the digital age ushered in a whole host of social norms and obligations that influence human behavior (putting the internet itself on the level of regulatory institutional power structure), network technology also complicates the deployment of power through its capacity as a non-linear, interactive platform for discourse and through its conflation of the public and private realms.

  • The Social Network Analysis

    Last year the film that defined my time in CCT more than any other was Avatar. It felt like everyone had something to say about the blockbuster that now holds the title of highest grossing film of all time. From the semiotics of its 3D graphics, to its race and colonial politics, the number of points of entry combined with the popularity of its circulation made for a media hotbed of productive analysis.

  • The Art of Complaining in Academia: The Miscorrelation Between Lightheartedness and Light-Mindedness

     

    After a month-long hometown stay, I returned to the reality of the academy and settled into my social and scholastic routine. Yet the month away from the ivory towers was long enough to jolt my insider mentality and cause me to reflect upon our system. Upon doing so, I realized that we, as academics, are perpetual complainers. It is as if we prefer grievance to cheer because we equivocate gripes with hard work. I argue that the nature behind the habitual complaint derives from the need to appear busy and important.

  • Remix Metaphor

    We kicked off this semester’s new CCT course in Remix Culture being tasked to select a piece of cultural production which metaphorically encapsulates the concept of the remix.

  • Appropriateness of Place Considered: The Changing Presidential Forum

    All stories have a setting. The Wizard of Oz takes place in, well, Oz (and Kansas). The Matrix in the Matrix and Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest. A setting provides a context and a grounding for the details of a story – much like a good base on a cake provides the structure for frosting and other sweet frivolities. The setting also influences one’s actions – physical, mental, and spoken.