Sunday, August 14, 2011

Coming Home to Roost



Wrote this, from my current Safe European Home. Also, read these, this and this.

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Blogger robinmaddock said...

this is actually one of the great speeches of our age..
well done for last night owen a+ content and delivery...book being put together now so should be able to send you some copies early september..cheer
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6:24 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe that, when it comes to looting consumer goods, it's worth it to revisit Henri Lefebvre's idea of "the everyday" as what a "terrorist society" forces upon people, and as the opposite of "the urban".

If anything, the riots expose the contradictions of "the everyday" (a technological reason that actually keeps technology as banal as possible, a society dependant both on desire and on repressing desire through what supposedly satisfies it, etc.) and are a challenge to the violence that makes it possible, so the door to the demolition of the "bureaucratic society of directed consumption" is finally open.

8:07 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yo, what the hell is this?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-14547088

I imagine this is the editor's fault. i couldn't help but laugh at the caption 'some modern architecture works well' .

I mean, if I know you at all (and I've been following your blog for years now), this is not you. This is distanced, pedagogic. If you have a chance to expand on it here, please do.

8:32 am  
Blogger Blaize said...

You know, as soon as the riots started, I began checking your blog, knowing you would have something exceedingly intelligent and non-knee-jerk to say, and that you would link to other stuff I should read. So, thank you for helping this Yank see a fuller picture.

11:16 am  
Anonymous popfop said...

I found your remarks about the co-mingling of working class and upper class housing very insightful. Reminded me a lot of the housing situations in 'regenerated' Boston. One particular location is Charlestown, the smallest neighborhood in an already small city. While for some Charlestown still conjures up images of armored car robberies and Oxycontin addicts, it has been subject to a certain yuppification in the last decade or so. So now you have lofts next to projects, lawyers and doctors living next to those on public assistance. Quite bizzarre really. I can't imagine either class being comfortable with the situation.

Reminds me of Marx's comments that it's the awareness of disparity which causes class anger more than anything. A village of rural peasants probably won't be as concerned with keeping up the Cameron's as those forced to live right next to them.

9:23 pm  
OpenID yorksranter said...

Want East German TV documentaries about Depeche Mode on tour in the DDR? Jens Steiner got'em. In German of course.

(Well, in East Berlin rather than playing the Travem√ľnde Marxhof-Koliseum. But it could still have been designed for you personally:-))

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