George Cicciarello-Maher, a brilliant political theorist at Drexel, has been the target of a right-wing harassment campaign led by the sorry likes of Mike Cernovich and Breitbart media. In a very short-sighted, weak response to this Twitter outrage campaign, Drexel issued a statement disavowing George, calling his statements on Twitter "reprehensible," and suggesting some sort of discipline to come. I'd … Continue reading In defense of George Cicciarello-Maher!
Unlike “lean,” “flexible,” and “nimble” management, which are ways of dressing up the vulnerability and disposability of workers in a language of efficiency, “synergy” dresses up the vulnerability of executives in a language of unity
A great film, about which so much can and should be written, but: this clip basically sums up most of what this blog has to say about the fantasy and morality of innovation. The new motto of Keywords for the Age of Austerity: "And the motherfuckers who deal with intangibles are the motherfuckers who are … Continue reading “The motherfuckers who deal with intangibles are the motherfuckers who are rewarded in society”
To have "impact," it seems, is to have impact. Via Mark Carrigan:
In my last post, I wrote about the way Trump supporters at the University of Michigan have borrowed a language of multiculturalism to frame their far-right political choices as a vulnerable identity. One group of Trump-voting Wolverines sent a petition to University President Mark Schlissel, complaining that his post-election statements on intolerance and bigotry in the Trump … Continue reading What About Tolerance for Intolerance? pt. 2
Mark Schlissel of the University of Michigan recently waded into a minor controversy when he told students at a post-election vigil, “Ninety percent of you rejected the kind of hate and the fractiousness and the longing for some sort of idealized version of a nonexistent yesterday that was expressed during [Trump's] campaign.” Predictably, some portion … Continue reading On the one hand, no tolerance for hate; but on the other hand, no tolerance for intolerance of hate
If you're attending this year's MLA conference in Philadelphia, please stop by this panel, featuring Molly Geidel, Patricia Stuelke, George Cicciarello-Maher, and ME. It promises to be great. Abstracts below. Underdevelopment at Home and Abroad: Aesthetics of Modernization in the Americas 10:15–11:30 a.m., 102A, Pennsylvania Convention Center One of the most rigid divisions of inter-American cultural … Continue reading At the MLA: Underdevelopment at home and abroad