Tag: politics

Literature in a State of Emergency

2014-02-28

Giorgio Agamben has identified the “State of Exception” as the emergent principle of governance for the 21st Century. Parallel to this crisis in politics, there is the increasing currency of the term emergence in literary criticism, media theory, and cultural studies to describe the general state of change. In this paper, Heckman considers electronic literature in the “state of emergency,” as both a laboratory for formal innovation and a site of critique. Specifically, this paper takes into account the relationship between literacy, law, literature and criticism through a reading of Sandy Baldwin’s New Word Order, a work that reimagines poetry in the context of the first-person shooter game.

If It Could Be Wrapped

2004-08-25

Excerpted from Water Writing - an essay; presented as part of the ebr Critical Ecologies thread; concurrent with a literary Festschrift in honor of Joseph McElroy’s lifework.

Liberation Hurts: An Interview with Slavoj Žižek

2004-07-01

Slavoj Žižek addresses the situation of post-9/11 global politics - and his own, controversial, theories of the political - in this interview with Eric Dean Rasmussen.

From Cyborgs to Hacktivists: Postfeminist Disobedience and Virtual Communities

2005-01-27

Carolyn Guertin surveys the politics of Hacktivist women.

Tillman's Turbulent Thinking

2010-12-05

Eric Dean Rasmussen explores Lynne Tillman’s “cognitive aesthetic,” suggesting that her work is powered by the generative disconnect between asignifying affect and signifying emotion. He argues that her 1998 novel, No Lease on Life, examines the role of affectively sustained universal values in responding politically to the neoliberal city.

Prismatic Play: Games as Windows on the Real World

2008-03-26

John Tynes argues that it took the novel two hundred years to gain cultural capital; film, forty years; rock and roll, fifteen. Given this increasing velocity and the fact that it’s been three decades since Colossal Cave Adventure, interactive storytelling should have gained a much higher level of respect than it has. Tynes argues that games should eschew escapist fantasy for more timely “engagist” settings that would allow the player to reflect on contemporary life and politics.

Histories of the Future

2003-06-22

Steve Shaviro reviews Tomorrow Now by Bruce Sterling, a book that (for an eminent cyberpunk novelist) is perhaps too sane and sensible.

Illegal Knowledge: Strategies for New Media Activism

2003-07-30

A discussion of net.activism, net.tactics, and strategy featuring Bruce Simon, Geert Lovink, Chris Carter, and Ricardo Dominguez.

The Selling of E-The People

2003-07-31

Bennett Voyles’ retrospective on the apolitical Nineties, and the fate of democratic electronic activism without content.

The End of Exemptions for Beauty

2003-01-26

The WTC attack considered as a conflict between open and closed systems, a one-system people and a many-system people.

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