Design (Counter) Domains

“And thus the critical force of history was separated into various specialisations and absorbed back into business as usual within the spectacle. Having renounced the criticism of the world, the world – in the form of journalism, art and the academy – can safely ignore it. The margins outside the spectacular world that once harboured a glimmer of negation have been all but foreclosed. What remains is professionalised anaesthesia, mourning communities, discourse clubs, legacy fetishists. Some ages betray a deep respect for their critical thinkers. To Socrates, they offered hemlock; to Jesus, the cross. These days it’s Zoloft, a column – or tenure.” — McKenzie Wark, 50 Years of Recuperation of the Situationist International.

(Guy Debord, Society of the Spectacle, on Ubuweb)

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