Robin JamesSomething interesting happened to the Modern Rock Tracks chart in the late 90s: suddenly tracks would top the charts for 10+ weeks, which was not something that happened between 88 and 96.
Many scholars attack critical theory as "obscurantist" and nonsensical after their brief forays into the field make them realize, "hey, reading is hard." To be fair, plenty of critical theory is nonsensical bullshit, that despite being empirically...
Robin JamesThis is a v weird take bc Foucault of all 20th c French theorists wrote exceptionally clearly. He used bullet points fer chrissakes! And tbh among the clearest academic writers are the queer feminist Foucault scholars...
Robin JamesHere's what I've been working on lately, still v much a work in progress, about how post-probabilist neoliberalisms replace biopower and norms with orientation or horizon and legitimacy, thus reframing sexuality not as ab/normality but il/legitimacy
Robin JamesICYMI I wrote a blog post kind of messily drafting together an argument as to how and why post-probabilist neoliberalisms supplement probabilist logics ab/normality with speculative and affective dis/orientation
At present we have a series of ‘culture wars’ over a wide range of issues — race, gender, sexuality, power and privilege. But the one culture war we don’t have any more is over culture. Yes, we fight…
Robin James"taste" was developed in the Enlightenment to help make sure nominally self-legislating individual subjects all self-legislated themselves to the same rules. Neoliberalism wants something else, but the answer isn't returning to the old standard.
Somewhere on the walls of The Milestone, Charlotte’s venerable music club on Tuckaseegee Road, punk band Black Flag has added their tag to the riot of graffiti and stickers that cover every square space. Where that is, however, is anyone’s guess....
What should YouTube do about twerking videos featuring young black girls? Free speech makes it difficult for YouTube to intervene directly. Make a video about the history of twerking & put it in the ‘recommended’ videos. Hashtag-related PSA that...
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Robin JamesToday in music appreciation we read @kyraOcity's "Youtube, Twerking, & You". The class broke into small groups to answer this q: You are the YouTube ethics board & the CEO wants guidance on what to do about the problems presented in Gaunt's article.