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Wed, Apr. 30th, 2008 09:01 am
Lost ways of looking at looking

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imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Apr. 30th, 2008 08:22 am (UTC)

Yes, Adam Curtis is the best we have, and he's in a direct lineage from Berger. But, for the reasons I outline above -- historical changes from Modernism to PoMo, Marxism to money-ism, the loss of the Reithian mission to educate, and so on -- I think even Curtis could be seen to fall into a post-MTV, PoMo and internet-era morass: a place where conspiracy theory meets music video meets investigative free association meets paranoia meets a sort of satirical critique which shares the framings a little too closely with the things it targets.

I love Curtis, but I think he lacks the very clear, poetic and authoritative TV voice Berger had. That's not his fault, it's something that's changed in the culture, to do with the collapse of hierarchies -- a collapse that Ways of Seeing might, paradoxically, have hastened, because even as he stood atop the BBC pillar, Berger was chipping assiduously and insidiously away at it.


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Apr. 30th, 2008 12:47 pm (UTC)
space time continum

pictures are like songs
i like to be in a different room from the music box
i find a song can change shape when your hear it outside
or in the kitchten or in the cafe
one day i love the tune
but in a different situation it could be dread full
music is not fixed
and image becomes unfixed


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bimmelbimmel
bimmelbimmel
bimmelbimmel
Thu, May. 1st, 2008 07:14 am (UTC)

i love you momus! thanks for the genius analysis! brilliant stuff. I think youre spot on.


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