Some Thoughts from Reading Althusser

The attempt to turn back to theory such that the Marxist approach to knowledge itself can be explained is commendable. The (re)introduction of certain levels of abstraction - particularly the separation of the "mode of production" and the "social formation" - are important and remain influential, impressively they have become important in some forms of anthropological practice itself. But many the most important features of Althusser's work are themselves marred by the entire "problematic" or theory of theory that they are integrated within. There’s a circularity to Althusser’s claim of at once maintaining fidelity to Marx’s word while stating that Marx’s words couldn’t be Marxist enough. The autonomous theory still has to try and connect to reality, but it simultaneously wants to refute the “empiricist” subject/object relationship. Althusser’s solution is unclear, and perhaps contradictory.

Manifestopheles: An Investigation into the Faustian Nature of Adaptation

This piece, Manifestopheles:An Investigation into the Faustian Nature of Adaptation, was my final thesis for my BA in Media Studies. Looking back at it there are certainly things I would like to change, pathways I would like to explore further, and once promising lines of inquiry that now seem like dead ends. There are errors, … Continue reading Manifestopheles: An Investigation into the Faustian Nature of Adaptation

The Internet is for (some) Work

The Internet. According to many authors, psychologists, and historians, the Internet is the bane of reading and writing: the anathema to the patient, thoughtful mind. So often the Internet, and the youth who use it so frequently, are blamed for an (apparently) collapsing creative culture. These accusations usually point to the same set of symptoms: … Continue reading The Internet is for (some) Work