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Friday, February 21, 2014

Long Teaching Day Today

In Planetary Thinking and Environmental Justice this morning we're taking up ecosocialism, preceded by an elaboration of economic goods (public, private, common, club), and then this afternoon I'll be staging a conversation between Benjamin's aura (as it appears in both Mechanical Reproducibility and the Short History of Photography) and Adorno's Culture Industry (as it appears in both the famous chapter from Dialectic of Enlightenment but also in his Culture Industry Revisited piece a generation later) offering up contending variations on the critique of the fetishized commodity introduced in the Marx reading last week. Again, on Fridays this term I'm on stage lecturing for nearly six hours with a short breath-catching gear-switching break in the middle, with a rush hour commute on public transportation as the aftermath: I'm usually wrecked when I get back, so blogging today, as usual for Fridays, will probably be low to no.

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