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Cultural Politics (1 July 2014) 10 (2): 194–205.
Published: 01 July 2014
...” is a combination of George Orwell’s Big Brother and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, as well as a product of Chinese post-totalitarianism or, in other words, of advanced totalitarianism. As such, it resembles neither a totalitarian culture of the Stalinist model nor an American-style “amusing...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2011) 7 (3): 391–408.
Published: 01 November 2011
... everything must be visible and everything must be seen. Here, Baudrillard offers a useful popular cultural example, reality TV, because: Where the banality of the image meets the banality of life – as in all these “reality TV” programmes, such as Big Brother , or Loft Story , etc. – is where this integral...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2017) 13 (2): 263–265.
Published: 01 July 2017
... Orwell’s dystopian novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), its portrayal of the all-powerful Big Brother in a world where love and desire are to be eradicated and the contrast with Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s concept of desiring-production in Anti-Oedipus (1972). The second concerns the shift from...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2010) 6 (1): 49–64.
Published: 01 March 2010
... set of feedback loops. When a story gains “traction” then the acceleration and accumulation of media coverage can be startling, often only for it to subside equally rapidly. In his article Whannel also notes how the British series of the reality television show Celebrity Big Brother offered some...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2008) 4 (2): 222–230.
Published: 01 July 2008
... become one, for most, remained mostly in the realm of fantasy and projection. There was no celebrity culture per se – no Real World full of American Idols , Apprentices , Big Brothers , Survivors , Bachelors , Extreme Makeovers , Fear Factors , Rich Girls , Trailer Park Boys , Art Stars , or...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2010) 6 (1): 65–84.
Published: 01 March 2010
... impetus behind the emergence of the global television franchise Big Brother (Endemol for Channel 4 2000–). Reality television, the great television phenomenon of the last decade, combines elements of soap opera, the fly–on-the wall documentary, Internet web-cams, and game shows. A new breed of game...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2008) 4 (3): 375–390.
Published: 01 November 2008
... something almost conditioned about the response, an act of automatic association that belongs only to a small handful of works linked with the Cold War. Big Brother for surveillance; James Bond for espionage; Strangelove for Armageddon: though the situation being described in the case of The West Wing...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2013) 9 (3): 280–295.
Published: 01 November 2013
... is becoming more and more prevalent in the world's various financial markets” (16). The “Big Accident” will come when virtual reality triumphs over actual reality, when the infosphere dominates the geosphere. We have yet to experience this integral accident, although, in Virilio's (2010: 152...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2007) 3 (2): 223–230.
Published: 01 July 2007
... dish is comprised largely of the head itself. We cannot see the whole body to gauge how big the overall fish must have been, as it has been divided up into four sections and cooked in different ways, but we can imagine its overall size from the size of the head itself. (In fact we are told later that...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2018) 14 (1): 55–62.
Published: 01 March 2018
... preserved as historical heritage, and with glass-fronted shops, starred hotels, and restaurants in those quarters. Cajamarca has remained a colonial city. The Plaza de Armas is very big, a central fountain, trees, benches, and always people crossing or resting, with the cathedral on one side and the Jesuit...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2007) 3 (2): 203–222.
Published: 01 July 2007
... profound transformation of cultural authority and lineage in the post-totalitarian epoch. The neologism of “Canon-Mocking Literature” originates from a 1995 Hong Kong movie, The Big Talk Version of a Journey to the West (translated into English as A Chinese Odyssey ). The movie stars the celebrated...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2016) 12 (3): 332–338.
Published: 01 November 2016
... surrounded by these places: one is just down the road from the dusty, derelict hotel where we stay. But being in Goma, they are surrounded by high walls and metal gates, all activity hidden away. We are taken into a building site to talk to a builder who is someone’s brother and who knows which gates...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2014) 10 (1): 120–123.
Published: 01 March 2014
... of economic theory led by Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman and others to forge a mode of intervention that sees big state planning as a harbinger of new threats to individual independence and freedom—the road to a new serfdom. What should not be underestimated is the vast intellectual labor of...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2012) 8 (3): 385–397.
Published: 01 November 2012
... of the Holy Roman emperor Charles V: “My brother Charles and I are of one heart and mind—we both want Milan.” A beautiful and worthy sentiment, no doubt, but neither did it dissuade Charles's mercenaries from pursuing their bloody handiwork at the Battle of Pavia in 1525, nor did it keep the emperor...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2014) 10 (3): 251–261.
Published: 01 November 2014
... through the interweb. 1 After their heinous act, they were identified through crowdsourced analysis of raw big data collected and processed by the US security bureaucracies. Boston was locked down as militarized police squads and armored cars searched for one wounded nineteen-year-old. Once found, he...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2005) 1 (1): 75–100.
Published: 01 March 2005
... administration was forced to make concessions to critics concerned about privacy and Big Brother surveillance. 9 Examples such as this demonstrate the manner in which technopolitics has been generated within online subcultural groups and communities, many of whom did not previously have an obvious political...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2019) 15 (1): 105–120.
Published: 01 March 2019
... founder of New Literary Observer , the main intellectual journal and publishing house in Russia. She leads a philanthropic foundation named after her brother. Piotr Aven, born in 1955, is chairman of Russia’s biggest private bank, Alfa-Bank. In 2016 his assets were worth $4.6 billion. He is cofounder...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2011) 7 (2): 289–310.
Published: 01 July 2011
..., I would like to focus on four spy/cop action movies made by Filipino director Bobby A. Suarez in the late 1970s – Bionic Boy (1977), They Call Her … Cleopatra Wong (1978, alternatively titled Female Big Boss ), Dynamite Johnson (1978, also known as The Return of the Bionic Boy ), and The...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2008) 4 (3): 309–329.
Published: 01 November 2008
..., equally misguided, collected plankton. A third studied tuberculosis in the tundra. Bert, a film photographer – an insecure fellow with whom at one time I was made to partake in a good deal of menial work (he, too, had some psychic troubles) – maintained that the big men in our team, the real leaders we...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2015) 11 (2): 234–245.
Published: 01 July 2015
... turn him into a munition for those seeking control of the planet through image manipulation. Media manipulation in the interests of big business is a preoccupation of Verhoeven’s original and Padilha’s remake, though, as I will argue, the differences between them illustrate remarkable shifts in the...