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Cultural Politics (2009) 5 (2): 179–198.
Published: 01 July 2009
...Neal Curtis This article explores the relationship between mimesis and fantasy. Taking as its starting point James DerDerian's claims regarding the changing face of the military-industrial complex and its increasing use of the entertainment and cultural industries, the article argues that this move...
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Cultural Politics (2005) 1 (1): 51–74.
Published: 01 March 2005
... specific features of communicative capitalism in light of the fantasies animating them. The fantasy of abundance leads to a shift in the basic unit of communication from the message to the contribution. The fantasy of activity or participation is materialized through technology fetishism. The fantasy...
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Cultural Politics (2008) 4 (1): 47–72.
Published: 01 March 2008
...Jodi Dean This article draws from Slavoj Žižek’s approach to ideology to theorize neoliberalism as an ideological formation. I focus on neoliberalism’s fantasy of free trade and on its displacement of symbolic identities by imaginary ones. The fantasy of free trade organizes enjoyment through...
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Cultural Politics (2005) 1 (3): 279–294.
Published: 01 November 2005
... communist bloc and how the protagonists' fantasies of the West are sustained by ideology even in the face of the harsh realities of contemporary capitalism. Slavoj Žižek's Lacanian model of ideology is applied to the film texts in order to highlight these issues, particularly his notion of “traversing...
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Cultural Politics (2008) 4 (1): 73–99.
Published: 01 March 2008
... perfunctory language – whether as “information-rich data banks” or else animating the “fantasy of abundance” – and allow us to see them in a decidedly “political” way, as necessarily “incomplete” and thus eminently “rewritable” formations. This essay then concludes by examining the wider implications...
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Cultural Politics (2023) 19 (2): 200–218.
Published: 01 July 2023
...Taylor Mitchell Abstract This article analyzes Tash Aw's novel We, the Survivors and Jewel Maranan's documentary film In the Claws of a Century Wanting , works that trace a poetics of survival as neoliberalism's good-life fantasies become decreasingly credible. It proposes that Aw's and Maranan's...
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Cultural Politics (2023) 19 (2): 159–176.
Published: 01 July 2023
..., Stengers, and Satsuka, this article reappropriates what should be counted as the “smart” in farming by resituating it as a world-making practice in ecological collectives rather than in an abstract ecosystem, eschewing the fantasy of a singular criterion of evaluation and control. 12. Grant Jun Otsuki...
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Cultural Politics (2017) 13 (2): 177–193.
Published: 01 July 2017
... and perseverance. At a time when the postrevolutionary public sphere is saturated with heated debates around Tunisian national identity, propelled by fantasies of purity and virile filiation, Bouzid’s bastard characters serve, the author argues, not only to warp and reclaim the political playing field...
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Cultural Politics (2024) 20 (1): 23–44.
Published: 01 March 2024
... technologies since the 1970s have enabled Las Vegas casino sportsbooks to overwhelm bettors with data abundance. Television and web-based play moved poker at the turn of the millennium away from surprise, chance, and reading people toward probability, risk, and reading data. Around the same time, fantasy...
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Published: 01 November 2007
Dyke Action Machine!, “Gay Marriage: You Might As Well Be Straight.” 1997. Offset poster. 18 × 24 inches. 5,000 posters wheatpasted in Lower Manhattan. German-Language version of campaign installed in the Munich subway system, September 2000. In this campaign, DAM! brings a Martha Stewart fantasy More
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Cultural Politics (2009) 5 (2): 199–228.
Published: 01 July 2009
... in a media-saturated society results in a loss of meaning because it “exhausts itself in the act of staging communication.” New media technologies exacerbate the subject's fantasy of communication, while increasingly what are communicated are mere copies of the same, a “recycling in the negative...
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Cultural Politics (2010) 6 (3): 287–302.
Published: 01 November 2010
... regardless of merit or desire, laws that allow dissent the honor of debate – suggest themselves as a brake on the paranoid fantasies that Canetti sees as inseparable from the structure of rule. For Canetti, as with his contemporary, Hannah Arendt (1976) , totalitarian rule appears as the empire of enforced...
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Cultural Politics (2009) 5 (3): 299–324.
Published: 01 November 2009
... critique of politics. As Žižek adds: “Hollywood is literally a ‘dream factory’: its main function is to fabricate hegemonic ideological dreams, to provide individuals with the co-ordinates for their private fantasies” ( Žižek 2002b: 240 ). 2. It is important to keep in mind, as Jacqueline Rose...
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Cultural Politics (2008) 4 (2): 222–230.
Published: 01 July 2008
... to 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...
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Cultural Politics (2021) 17 (2): 228–245.
Published: 01 July 2021
... that is not “afraid to take power” (2020b: 5). From the start, then, we are evidently in pure fantasy or, as Žižek has it, “Be realistic, demand the impossible!” (“Soyons réalistes, demandons l'impossible!,” the title of chapter 13 on les gilets jaunes , in which he concludes that they lacked a program and a leader...
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Cultural Politics (2015) 11 (2): 296–300.
Published: 01 July 2015
... the ideological critique of debunking the fantasy of austerity measures and the new management culture implemented by all countries in Europe are realities and not simply food for the real-time media. It is not the working class that is brainwashed by the dangerous, devilish, and cunning politicians, as the media...
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Cultural Politics (2014) 10 (3): 275–286.
Published: 01 November 2014
..., languages, knowledge, images, beliefs and fantasies than any other industry. Trading the Other deeply, intimately, defines Western thinking and identity. As a trade, it has no concern for the peoples who originally produced the ideas or images. … Trading the Other is big business. For indigenous peoples...
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Cultural Politics (2014) 10 (2): 182–193.
Published: 01 July 2014
...-satisfaction, narcotic haze, and amnesia resides a social and political critique of contemporary Chinese society, hyperdivision, and political fantasy, where the CCP’s utopian promise, concerned with building a society defined by harmony, prosperity, and security, has failed to materialize in the face of ever...
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Cultural Politics (2011) 7 (3): 391–408.
Published: 01 November 2011
... ). Subsequently, MUDs socially proliferated, often taking the form of “Dungeons and Dragons” fantasy worlds in which individuals could interact, and, if desired, could experiment with, or transform, their identities ( Turkle 1995 ). As Wertheim argues, MUDing would rapidly develop into an online communal activity...
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Cultural Politics (2018) 14 (3): 289–303.
Published: 01 November 2018
... of these other products, even as Minecraft evokes our fantasies of them. Retrogaming practices, from hardware and software emulation to the physical modification of the circuitry of legacy consoles and the use of expensive upscaling devices, produce digital images of 8-bit games that are hallucinatorily sharp...