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

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(Anonymous)
Wed, Apr. 30th, 2008 02:17 pm (UTC)

You're in your late forties. The early seventies were the formative years for you, I guess, and you respond to the culture of those years - the late modernism, the marxist analysis, the idea that cultural criticism belonged to an elite, the reithian high-mindedness, the faux avant-gardism of popular music then, etc. It's another world, an alien world to me, probably as alien as WW2 newsreels are to you. But it's the world you obviously feel the most comfortable in. I'm not so convinced that cultural criticism was really better then. Or even more resistant to mainstream capitalist culture. I mean, listen to Berger! No matter what he's saying, you can tell he's part of that same elite. And his films have the feel of government information campaigns of the time or something. The look and feel is all of a piece with the institutional culture.

Ever since time began, people of your age have been telling the up and coming generation that it was all so much better back in the day, when you were young.


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Wed, Apr. 30th, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC)

I do think 1968 to 1972 was a particularly good period. Have a listen to this for some of the reasons. Maybe 2068 to 2072 will be too -- after all, we elitist Marxian Modernists believe in the future! That's the whole point of us! I won't be there, but you will be. Make it better!


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