September 17th, 2002

benpeek

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'according to lefort, the new trend, however, is again toward the display of the public official's person. the state now relies on its double in "the image of the people, which... remains indeterminate, but which nevertheless is susceptible of being determined, of being actualized on the level of phantasy as an image of the People-as-One." Public figures increasingly take on the function of concretizing that fantasmatic body image, or in other words, of actualizing the otherwise indeterminate image of the people. They embody what Lefort calls the "Egocrat," whose self-identical representativeness is perverse and unstable in a way that contrasts with the representative person of the feudal public sphere. "The prince condensed in his person the principle of power..., but he was supposed to obey a superior power... That does not seem to be the position of the Egocrat or of his substitutes, the bureaucratic leaders. The Egocrat coincides with himself, as society is supposed to coincide with itself.'

page 387-8.

in Habermas and the Public Sphere, edited by craig calhoun. published by the MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and London, England. 1992.

essay by michael warner. 'The Mass Public and the Mass Subject.'
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    Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah
benpeek

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'hateful though it is to be those exiled into positivity by such a discourse, in a sense everyone's relation to the public body must have more or less the same logic. no one really inhabits the general public. this is true not only because it is by definition general but also because everyone brings to such a category the particularities from which they have to abstract themselves in consuming this discourse. of course, some particularities, such as whiteness and maleness, are already oriented to that procedure of abstraction. (they can scarcely even be imagined as particularities; think for example of the asymmetry between the semantics of "feminism" and "masculinism.") but the given of the body is nevertheless a site of countermemory, all the more sos since statistically everyone will be mapped into some minority or other, a form of positivity minoritized precisely in the abstracting discourse with which everyone also identifies."

pg 396-7.

'for the same reasons, the public sphere is also not simply corrupted by its articulation with consumption. if anything, consumption sustains a counterpublicity that cuts against the self-contradictions of the bourgeois public sphere."

397.
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    The Polyphonic Spree - some song i download (note, this is not a title, but the song is simple listed as number four)
benpeek

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i got tired with the old look, so i changed it a bit. there are some pretty ugly choices, but i like this one. at least it doesn't change my colour scheme...

i have a whole heap of stuff that i still haven't written up here. gah. time and fun will never be done. and this journal could be dead some time around November, the last remnant of my year pretending to be someone with a future.
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    The Polyphonic Spree - Soldier Girl