In defense of George Cicciarello-Maher!

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!

“The motherfuckers who deal with intangibles are the motherfuckers who are rewarded in society”

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”

What About Tolerance for Intolerance? pt. 2

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

On the one hand, no tolerance for hate; but on the other hand, no tolerance for intolerance of hate

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

At the MLA: Underdevelopment at home and abroad

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