Archive for May, 2005

Everything Bad is Good for You

Friday, May 27th, 2005

I recently completed reading Steven Johnson’s Everything Bad Is Good For You. Having heard Johnson on WNYC promoting his book and discussing the ways in which new media forms, particularly video games and television programming, were affording cognitive benefits to its consumers, I was intrigued enough to pick-up a copy. Rather than reiterate his argument […]

The Newest Postmodern Artifact?

Thursday, May 5th, 2005

I re-read this week (for class) Fredric Jameson’s Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism. Jameson argues that postmodernism signals the end of the self as an individual monad. He specifically sites how modernist conceptions of affect, as illustrated in Munch’s The Scream, are replaced in postmodernism by feelings that have significantly waned and […]