Ben Peek (benpeek) wrote,
Ben Peek

  • Music:
'through this development the privacy that had its referent in the public as audience was turned into a travesty. the literary patterns that once had been stamped out of its material circulate today as the explicit production secrets of a patented culture industry whose products, spread publicly by the mass media, for their part bring forth in their consumers' consciousness the illusion of bourgeois privacy to begin with. this social-psychological transmutation of the original relation between the intimate domain and the literary public sphere was linked sociologically to the structural transformation of the family itself.'

--next paragraph--

'on the one hand, private people were able to free themselves from the ideological fusion of their double role as bourgeois and homme; but this uncoupling of the intimate sphere from the basis of property functioning as capital--which seemed to make possible the actualization of its idea within a public sphere of emancipated private people--also brought about new relationships of dependence. the autonomy of private people now no longer grounded in the genuine control over private property would be realizable as an autonomy derived from public status guarantees of privacy only as long as the "human beings" (no longer in their capacity as bourgeois, as before, but) in their capacity as citoyens themselves attained control over these conditions of their private existence by means of a public sphere that operated in the political realm. under the given circumstances, this was not to be expected. but if citizens in their familial existence could not draw autonomy from their control over private property, and also could not do so from participation in the political public sphere, two things were long longer given. on the one hand, there was no longer institutional support for an individuation of the person on the model of the "protestant ethic"; nor, on the other hand, were there social conditions within sight that could replace the classical path of internalization via the educational route of a "political ethics" and in this fashion supply a new foundation for the process of individuation.'

'The deprivatized province of interiority was hollowed out by the mass media; a pseudo-public sphere of a no longer literary public was patched together to create a sort of superfamilial zone of familiarity.'



  • Leviathan’s Blood Film

    Originally published at Ben Peek. You can comment here or there. The paperback release of Leviathan’s Blood is very soon and to…

  • A Bit of Bolano, Schafer, and Cooke.

    Originally published at Ben Peek. You can comment here or there. Here are a few more reviews of books I’ve read recently: 2666,…

  • Interview, A Few Books Read

    Originally published at Ben Peek. You can comment here or there. Just a small update today. If you’re interested, you can get a whole…

  • Post a new comment


    Comments allowed for friends only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded