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The Sublime

What is the Sublime?

I love the way Žižek uses currency as an exemplar for the sublime. Currency has a corporal body subject to decay, like any other corporal body. However, because an external authority deems it to be, currency retains its market value, regardless of its wear and tear. Unlike a car, which loses value as soon as it’s driven off the dealership lot, currency possesses its full market value as long as it remains in circulation. In this manner, due to the intervention of authority, money, as a thing, transcends decay, because regardless of its condition, it always possesses the fullness of its value.

antisocial media

Anti-Social Capital

Statistical measures–likes, follows, shares, views–can never fully articulate the actual value of an individual’s presence or performance online. Like the remnant value unaccounted for in the commodity form (Marx), there is a remainder unaccounted for by social media performance indicators. The exchange value is disproportionate to the actual value of the creation or creator.

My Political Bent

A truly free market would disallow bailouts for banks and corporations. Therefore, our version of capitalism in the U.S. is a capitalism that permits socialized intervention for those who hold the most power–who’ve amassed the most wealth through the justification that financial intervention at the corporate level will benefit private citizens by providing job security and access to consumer goods…

Back to School

Currently, I’ve been waking from dreams with eerily similar content. I’m back in high school (I hated high school), I’m impounded, frustrated because I don’t want to be there. I’ve been here before. Why am I back? Why do I have to do this–all–over–again?