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Is Foucault’s Panopticon actually leading to greater societal non-discipline?

In Foucault’s theory, the panopticon was a disciplinary tactic to ensure conforming to societal norms: This enclosed, segmented space, observed at every point, in l which the individuals are inserted in a fixed place, in which the slightest movements are supervised, in which all events are recorded, in which an uninterrupted work of writing links […]

Cultural Fascism and Adorno

While reading Adorno, I can’t help but think his work is completely applicable to today’s cultural situation. No matter what your media outlet is, you’re going to hear discussions about the same subject. According to Adorno’s theories, this is no surprise: Under monopoly all mass culture is identical, and the lines of its artificial framework […]

Writing is really hard

Here’s how writing goes: Get a topic. Write a little bit. Realize you need to do research or whatever to get it working. Hate yourself for producing crap. Procrastinate. Panic. Eat. Feel the muse strike, and let the words pour out of your fingertips onto the page. And that’s about it.

How I know how to fix a toilet

Someone close to me recently asked how I know how to replace toilets. I was a teenager, maybe 17, and my father was away for the weekend. Since the repair-loathe curmudgeon couldn’t interfere, my mother and I conspired to fix a leaky toilet handle during his trip. I tightened the new handle too tight and […]