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The independence of the commodity (2)

Page 37 of internationale situationniste no. 10 has exerted a strange fascination for me since I first saw it. The striking way it combines the reproduction of a contemporary ad, appended with Situationist critical commentary, completes this détournement. Unfortunately, the novel … Continue reading

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Correspondence with a Cybernetician

[from Internationale Situationniste no. 9,  August 1964] Abraham A. MOLES – judging by his letterhead: Doctor of Letters (Phil.), Doctor of Science (Phys.), engineer, assistant professor (University of Strasbourg), Professor of the E.O.S.T.[1] – has addressed, on the 16th of … Continue reading

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The peculiar anxiety of Sam Cooper

Wayne Spencer has written an excellent critique of the English academic Sam Cooper. Cooper, a relatively new academic-commodity and colleague of McKenzie Wark, is in the process of carving out his career niche via a highly idiosyncratic (that is an … Continue reading

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The independence of the commodity

The autonomy of the commodity is at the root of the dictatorship of appearance; of the fundamental tautology of the spectacle, where importance is always presupposed and defined by the staging of importance. The prefabricated pseudo-event which dominates and orients … Continue reading

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