Sam writes up a pretty horrifying future vision of humanity through the eyes of Google Glass: If you want a picture of the future, imagine a human face grinning moronically at the middle distance – forever.
Jodi Dean explains the problems with democracy as liberation:
What’s wrong with the notion of democracy as even radical democrats have appropriated it is that it leaves capitalism in place. The assumption is that if we have enough democracy the problem of capitalism will either go away or solve itself — and that’s clearly false. Take Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe: their idea of radical democracy is framed specifically to keep class from being a primary political determination. In the Frankfurt School tradition Habermas’s distinction between life-world and system leaves capitalism untouched. The same is true for the focus on civil society which leaves the mode of production out of the frame. So the theoretical reason for my skepticism is that the left has moved away from an analysis and critique of capitalism
Slavoj Zizek took some time at Birkbeck in London last week to reply to his critics on issues of violence, racism and totalitarianism.