Tag Archives: culture

What is on that shelf?

Our appreciation of printed books includes their value as cultural capital.

We appear to need them, but they in reality need us.

Our recognition of their supposed specialness is the effect, not the cause of their actual power over us.

Things indifferent.

Free will is a philosophical question I lack the requisite cultural heritage to appreciate.

Culture of commodities.

The U.S. feel for exaggeration is the worst effect of marketing.

Culture cannot be cancelled.

That’s why “cancel culture” cannot be cancelled. That’s also why “cancel culture” does not exist.

Outrage culture is the symptom.

The disease is the exhaustion of social progress.

Politics can happen between two.

So can society, economics, community, or culture. It all depends on the quality of the relationship.

Critical theory.

Never call out what calls for critique.

How I know both are delusions.

People are trying to derive meaning from “culture” just like they used to derive it from “civilization.”

Melancholic assimilation.

These Taiwanese movies induce within me a nostalgia for an impossibly “organic” relation to culture.