Fig.6, Alec Finlay (text) Alexander Maris (photographs): the blade has to fall before it can rise / blade turns against blade turns against blade
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Cultural PoliticsVolume 6, Issue 1
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The Exit from Capitalism has Already Begun
André Gorz on the implications of the new capitalism’s reliance on immaterial contents for increasingly problematical reproduction and with the emancipator potential inherent in this situation.
Towers that Flower [Link to images]
Artists and poet Alec Finlay and photographer Alexander Maris explore the windmill turbine, the only monumental sculpture suited to symbolize the era of climate change.
An Extreme Case of Social Life: Inmate Society in National Socialist Concentration Camps
Maya Suderland critically reflects on the widely held view that, because the concentration camp represents an extreme case of a relationship of subordination, it cannot be examined from a social point of view.
Special Section on the Cultural Politics of Celebrity
The Cultural Politics of Celebrity
Philip Drake and Andy Miah consider celebrity as a ubiquitous aspect of contemporary culture, mass media, and the Internet that is inextricably linked to developments in media systems that operate within capitalist systems of commodity exchange.
News, Celebrity and Vortextuality: A Study of the Media Coverage of the Michael Jackson Verdict
Gary Whannel examines the transformation of news as a cultural commodity and a social process by the expansion in the range, volume, and circulation speed of media production or what Whannel conceptualizes as ‘Vortextuality’ with reference to the coverage of the verdict announcement in the trial of Michael Jackson.
Unsolicited Submission [Link to article + images]
American artist David Levine’s project about unsolicited wannabe celebrity submissions to talent and other cultural agencies is a multidisciplinary and multiyear project of gathering, analysing, and archiving such unsolicited submissions in every field of cultural endeavour.
The ‘Public Inquisitor’ as Media Celebrity
Michael Higgins looks at the development and utility of celebrity among high-profile political interviewers, offering the revised description of ‘public inquisitor’ to describe the rise of the political interviewer as a celebrity form.
‘As Seen on TV’: The Celebrity Expert: How Taste is shaped by Lifestyle Media
Helen Powell and Sylvie Prasad examine how television, print, and advertising contribute to the construction of media stars such as Jamie Oliver whose function is to transfer knowledge of particular lifestyles to the lived experience of ordinary people.
About Cultural Politics
“Cultural Politics is a welcome and innovative addition. In an academic universe already well populated with journals, it is carving out its own unique place—broad and a bit quirky. It likes to leap between the theoretical and the concrete, so that it is never boring and often filled with illuminating glimpses into the intellectual and cultural worlds.” -- Lawrence Grossberg, University of North Carolina, USA.
John Armitage, Northumbria University, UK; Ryan Bishop, National University of Singapore, Singapore; Douglas Kellner, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Cultural Politics is an international, refereed journal that explores the global character and effects of contemporary culture and politics. It analyzes how cultural identities, agencies and actors, political issues and conflicts, and global media are linked, characterized, examined and resolved. In doing so, the journal explores precisely what is cultural about politics and what is political about culture. It investigates the marginalized and outer regions of this complex and interdisciplinary subject area. Each issue publishes artwork by selected artists reflecting contemporary cultural and political issues.