Exposure to more ads means more reading and seeing and hearing the empty rhetoric of essentialist perlocution: paltered clichés, tropes, maxims, lies, and nonsense. One result, in Barthes’ view, is a cheapening of the greater language.
The artist Rammellzee used the term ‘lightdwellers’ to reference a generic societal elite. Decades later, ‘the lofts’ can do a similar job for a certain kind of New Yorker. Ditto for ‘condos.’
Whereas early blues and country artists were subsumed under the mythology of their genre, rock was about individual stardom from the outset. Where do Dylan & Springsteen stand in relation to their progenitors?
Though Cronenberg is undeniably preoccupied with decaying and deformed flesh, he also evinces a gleefulness in probing physical transformations, and how they both impact and reflect upon the psyche.
If it’s true that the world’s poorest will disproportionately suffer the effects of climate change, we are engaging in a kind of philosophical counterrevolution, undoing the modern idea that the masses matter at all.