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Sutton-Smith—Intro to Stephenson, PTMC

William Stephenson The Play Theory of Mass Communication (1987 edition) (orig. 1967) from the introduction by Brian Sutton-Smith (1987): The difficulty with the notion of subjective play is that there is very little systematic scholarship on how to think about it. Most modern play theory is about observable behavior, and even that which deals with subjective largely about the way in which the possession of these competencies is of functional value in school or real life adaptation. I...
Tags: Media, Education, Play, Jazz, Stephenson, William Stephenson, Stefan Kac, Huizenga, Play Theory Of Mass Communication, Stephenson (william, Sutton-smith (brian, Sutton Smith, Brian Sutton Smith, Helen -RSB- Schwartzman, Practice Led Research

kacvlog001–this is your (my) brain on mcluhan

[Author: Stefan Kac]
Tags: Jazz, Stefan Kac, Hipsterism, McLuhan (Marshall, Kacvlog, Overthinking And Overthinkers

Two On-the-Spectrum Vignettes

Ericsson and Pool Peak (2016) Francesca Happé and Pedro Vital, two researchers at King's College London, compared autistic children who develop savantlike abilities with autistic children who did not develop such abilities. They found that the autistic savants are much more likely than the nonsavants to be very detail-oriented and prone to repetitive behaviors. When something captures their attention, they will focus on it to the exclusion of everything else around them, retreating into their o...
Tags: Psychology, London, Autism, Jazz, Practice, Connor, Peak, Ericsson, Donny, Noël, King s College, Bartok, Greig, Francesca Happé, Stefan Kac, Savants

So-Called Patterns in So-Called Jazz

Steven Mithen The Singing Neanderthals (2006) The most significant survival of 'Hmmmmm' [Neanderthal communication that was "holistic, manipulative, multi-modal, musical, and mimetic"] is within language itself. One aspect of this is the presence of onomatopoeia, vocal imitation and sound synaesthesia, which are probably most readily apparent in the languages of present-day people who still live traditional lifestyles and are 'close to nature'. Another is the use of rhythm, which enables fluent...
Tags: Jazz, Patterns, Wray, Stefan Kac, Alison Wray, Formulaic Language, Linguistics And Linguists, Mithen (steven, The Singing Neanderthals, Wray (alison, Steven Mithen

Heigh Ho, Pomo

Gerald Graff "The Myth of Postmodern Breakthrough" (orig. 1979) in Critical Essays on American Postmodernism (1994) ed. Stanley Trachtenberg pp. 69-80 In an essay that asks the question, "What Was Modernism?" Harry Levin identifies the "ultimate quality" pervading the work of the moderns as "its uncompromising intellectuality." The conventions of postmodern art systematically invert this modernist intellectuality by parodying its respect for truth and significance. ... It appears that the term ...
Tags: Jazz, Meaning, Authority, CalArts, Graff, Stefan Kac, Art School, Harry Levin, Postmodernism And Postmodernists, Leslie Fiedler, Gerald Graff, Casual Conversation, Graff (gerald, Heigh Ho Pomo, Stanley Trachtenberg

signals have meanings but stimuli need not

fromA PSYCHOLOGICAL INVESTIGATIONOF THE CONTENT OF MUSIC Roger J. Watt and Roisin L. Ash 4th European Conference on Philosophy and Psychology, 1996 Meaning The meaning of a signal is the intended and agreed mental actionof that signal. Meaning is bound up with communication , so that signals have meanings , but stimuli need not . The meaning of a signal is not just the action of that signal : meaning is reserved for cases where...
Tags: Psychology, Communication, Jazz, Philosophy, Meaning, Stefan Kac, Ash (Roisin L, Musicology And Musicologists, Signals And Symbols, Watt (Roger J, Roger J Watt, Roisin L Ash

Repurposing New York's Aphorist Laureate for Very New York Purposes

When Yogi Berra plugged disability insurance, he could just as well have been talking about art: When you don't have it, that's when you need it. [Author: Stefan Kac]
Tags: Art, New York, Advertising, Current Events, Jazz, Yogi Berra, Stefan Kac, Aphorisms And Aphorists, Berra (yogi

B.W'd.Y.G addendum

A quick and bloggy addendum on looking for edification in all the wrong online places: As I continue to trawl/troll Blogspot for distant voices of reason, I am frequently reminded, for one, that this is asking a lot no matter the medium, but also that the analytic/speculative/critical orientation remains very much a preoccupation of a tiny woolly-headed minority of thinkers, even (or is it especially?) now that it has been institutionalized and co-opted. In plain English now, I am rather taken...
Tags: Books, Current Events, Originality, Jazz, Technics, Wright, Erich Fromm, Wayne Shorter, Ligeti, CalArts, Stefan Kac, Blogs Blogging And Bloggers, Metablogging, Lontano, The Book Report, PHHS

McLuhan—Mass as Simultaneity, Simultaneity as Fragility

Marshall McLuhan Understanding Media (1964) MIT Press edition (1994) In terms of the industrial age, it can be pointed out that the difference between the previous mechanical age and the new electric age appears in the different kinds of inventories. Since electricity, inventories are made up not so much of goods in storage as of materials in continuous process of transformation at spatially removed sites. For electricity not only gives primacy to process, whether in making or in learning, but ...
Tags: Media, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Jazz, Vikings, Jane Jacobs, Tim Wu, Taleb, McLuhan, Stefan Kac, Music Scenes, Fragility And Fragilistas, Taleb (Nassim Nicholas, McLuhan (Marshall, Jacobs (jane

McLuhan—The Great Withholding

Marshall McLuhan "Woman in a Mirror" pp. 80-81 in The Mechanical Bride (2002 Gingko Press edition) [orig. 1951] This ad employs the same technique as Picasso in The Mirror. The differences, of course, are obvious enough. By setting a conventional day-self over against a tragic night-self, Picasso is able to provide a time capsule of an entire life. He reduces a full-length novel (or movie) like Madame Bovary to a single image of great intensity. By juxtaposition and contrast he is able to "say" ...
Tags: Art, New York, Advertising, Communication, Jazz, Picasso, Lambert, Debussy, McLuhan, Adorno, Stefan Kac, McLuhan (Marshall, Lambert (constant, Picasso (pablo, Syncopation And Syncopators, Whitehead (alfred North

McLuhan—Kicking the Cigarette Machine

Marshall McLuhan "The Corpse as Still Life" pp. 104-106 in The Mechanical Bride (2002 Gingko Press edition) [orig. 1951] A generation later Edgar Allan Poe hit upon this principle of "reconstruction," or reasoning backwards, and made of it the basic technique of crime fiction and symbolist poetry alike. Instead of developing a narrative straight forward, inventing scenes, characters, and description as he proceeded, in the Sir Walter Scott manner, Poe said: "I prefer commencing with the consider...
Tags: Art, Edgar Allan Poe, Communication, David, Jazz, Bob, Poe, Bfa, Walter Scott, Julia, State University, Marshall McLuhan, Eliot, Taleb, McLuhan, Stefan Kac

Bro, where'd ya go?

The first time I heard or read the word "blog" was when I over-heard it on the radio while trying to work on something else. Some glib NPR infotainment piece about blogs, their rise and potential fall. Circa 2004, give or take a year. The funny thing is, something quite glib was uttered in the course of this puff piece that immediately captured my attention and imagination. This was solely responsible for my first aborted attempt at blogging, consisting of exactly one post which, if memory serve...
Tags: La, Wordpress, America, Los Angeles, Current Events, Jazz, Npr, Jfk, Wolf, Daniel, Tchaikovsky, Robertson, Greil Marcus, McLuhan, CalArts, Adorno

[sc]airquotes (viii)—The Determinist Connexion

"The new media and technologies by which we amplify and extend ourselves constitute huge collective surgery carried out on the social body with complete disregard for antiseptics. If the operations are needed, the inevitability of infecting the whole system during the operation has to be considered. For in operating on society with a new technology, it is not the incised area that is most affected. The area of impact and incision is numb. It is the entire system that it changed. The effect of ra...
Tags: Politics, Jazz, Southern California, Jane Jacobs, McLuhan, Stefan Kac, Determinism, Conceptual Art, Simplicity And Complexity, Instrumentality, Individualism And Individualists, McLuhan (Marshall, Jacobs (jane, McLuhan Understanding Media, Warren Weaver

[sc]airquotes (vii)—The Challenge and Pretense of Conceptual Art

"It was Bertrand Russell who declared that the great discovery of the twentieth century was the technique of the suspended judgement. A.N. Whitehead, on the other hand, explained how the great discovery of the nineteenth century was the discovery of the technique of discovery. Namely, the technique of starting with the thing to be discovered and working back, step by step, as on an assembly line, to the point at which it is necessary to start in order to reach the desired object. In the arts thi...
Tags: Judgment, Jazz, Aristotle, Russell, Whitehead, Taleb, Bertrand Russell, Stefan Kac, Conceptual Art, Epistemology, Asger Jorn, Kurczynski, Taleb (Nassim Nicholas, Jorn (asger, Sc]airquotes Series, McLuhan (Marshall

Face Ain't the Space (not no more it ain't)

I stand by the opinion that Facebook was pretty cool and useful for its first several years of existence. It has long since ceased to be of any use or value, but I do still have at least one account which occasionally comes back from the dead, and so I recently allowed myself to log on and take a look around. I posted the following cyberpoem to my feed on Sunday, May 2, hoping to draw some sympathetic attention to the most recent flurry of blog activity. As recently as 2017 this would have garne...
Tags: Facebook, Jazz, Apple News, Self-promotion, Marshall McLuhan, Stefan Kac, Metablogging, Gutenberg Galaxy Less

Boorstin—Museums and Contexts

Daniel Boorstin The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America (1961) [My notes say:] pp. 99-102—on museum art objects being experienced out of their context; as "an animal in a zoo" (102) Sadly (or perhaps not!), the "context" always has an expiration date, revolution or no revolution, museum or no museum. Hence the choice is most basic: to show the objects out of context or not show them at all. I'm not so sure that the affinity with the Tourist mindset can be avoided; it is then left to that ...
Tags: America, Culture, Museums, Jazz, Daniel Boorstin, Stefan Kac, Boorstin, From A Postit, Boorstin (daniel

Boorstin—Immediacy as a Form-Content Issue

Daniel Boorstin The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America (1961) Readers and viewers would soon prefer the vividness of the the spontaneity of what was recounted. (14) [My notes say:] A classic mapping of the Form-Content problem onto the Seriousness-Accessibility problem; which is to say that both Form and Content so construed do not mediate accessibility with equal force or aplomb; rather, Form is the gatekeeper, with all of the stigma (I would say of course) of that word as ...
Tags: America, Accessibility, Jazz, Daniel Boorstin, Stefan Kac, Boorstin, Form And Content, From A Postit, Boorstin (daniel

Boorstin—The Four Criteria for Pseudo-Events

Daniel Boorstin The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America (1961) pp. 11-12—the four criteria for pseudo-events (1) It is not spontaneous, but comes about because someone has planned, planted, or incited it... (2) It is planted primarily (not always exclusively) for the immediate purpose of being reported or reproduced... (3) Its relation to the underlying reality of the situation is ambiguous... (4) Usually it is intended to be a self-fulfilling prophecy... [My notes say:] Does Hopscotch it...
Tags: Art, America, Jazz, Self-promotion, Daniel Boorstin, Stefan Kac, Boorstin, Pseudo-events, Boorstin (daniel

Boorstin—Look In The Mirror

Daniel Boorstin The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America (1961) [My notes say:] p. 194—"...a vague but attractive image he has of himself." THIS is a legit example of technology-driven change in society and culture: the sheer growth in ease and frequency of seeing oneself (or if you insist one's own Image) cannot have had less than a total impact on questions of self-image; an environmental change in human development whereby many people remain veritably arrested in Lacan's mirror stage,...
Tags: America, Jazz, Philadelphia, Daniel Boorstin, Stefan Kac, DeBord, Boorstin, Lacan, Photography And Photographers, From A Postit, Boorstin (daniel, Pincus Brothers Maxwell, Zlowe Co New York Printers Ink

Boorstin—Recordings as Pseudo-Events

Daniel Boorstin The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America (1961) [My notes say:] p. 174—the recording as itself a pseudo-event This is actually quite provocative, and I'm inclined to agree, at least in the metaphysical sense, not necessarily in the material/functional sense. Generally commercial sound recordings are not quite as central to the Dark Forces of image-mongering as scholars of music (for their own self-importance mostly) would like to think. Having said that, the sonic wallpaper...
Tags: America, Jazz, Recordings, Daniel Boorstin, Stefan Kac, Ambient Music, Boorstin, From A Postit, Pseudo-events, Boorstin (daniel

Boorstin—The Company We Keep

Daniel Boorstin The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America (1961) [My notes say:] p. 170—"Have you seen my snapshot of the Mona Lisa?" This point hits the mark but is, let's say, undertheorized here. p. 171—"We are quite precise when we describe him as a devotee of hi-fi rather than of music." Also a direct hit, and also undertheorized, though here of course I'm happy enough that he leaves the fleshing out to specialists. In both cases, the first further order of business is this: the relati...
Tags: America, Jazz, Daniel Boorstin, Stefan Kac, Boorstin, From A Postit, Boorstin (daniel, Parasitic Relationships

Boorstin—On Seeing and Not Being Seen

Daniel Boorstin The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America (1961) [My notes say:] p. 231—"We wish our membership to be reported. We do not care to participate." This is a very astute observation of how the Image-nonculture bleeds from top-down institutional levels to stain even individual social relationships, at which point it is equipped to become self-perpetuating. The examples of churches and service clubs are also well-chosen since this particular Image is very much bound up with the "d...
Tags: America, Jazz, Self-promotion, Daniel Boorstin, Stefan Kac, Itea, Boorstin, From A Postit, Boorstin (daniel

Lipstick Traces—Automatic Writing Is Still Monotonous, After All These Years

Greil Marcus Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century (1989) [My notes say:] pp. 64-65—on what elsewhere gets placed under the heading The Democratization of Creativity All of this being as it is vis-a-vis "You don't need nothin'. Just play it", it's worth recalling that the Situationists had quite early in their history realized that "We now know that automatic writing is monotonous." It should not have been difficult to see the analogous aspects of unrefined musical technique...
Tags: Jazz, Recognition, Westerberg, Stefan Kac, From A Postit, Marcus (greil, Autodidacticism And Autodidacts, Critics And Criticism, Punk And Punks, Semi-annual Rants

Lipstick Traces—Attention-Seeking Ain't Easy

Greil Marcus Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century (1989) [My notes say:] pp. 251-252—On Isou's "way[s] of getting attention" (252), incl. fabricating interviews with "luminaries of literary Paris" and titling a publication The Lettrist Dictatorship at a time (1946) when new details of Nazi atrocities were emerging daily. This certainly could be seen as "worse than the punk celebration of the swastika," and certainly it "worked on the same levels," but more to the point, it ...
Tags: Paris, Jazz, Nazi, Tributes, Self-promotion, Stefan Kac, From A Postit, Marcus (greil, Isou (isidore, Pseudo-events

Lipstick Traces—Mass Culture's Pop Heart Is Late To The Party...Again

Greil Marcus Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century (1989) [My notes say:] pp. 70-73—on the explicit drawing of parallels between Punk and the Frankfurt School p. 70—"The inane radio jingle you heard too many times a day fed into a totality: to get that jingle off the air, you somehow understood, the radio had to be changed, which meant that society had to be changed." This "you somehow understood" isn't terribly important, unless it is. For me individually this was a...
Tags: Wikipedia, Change, Punk, Gm, Jazz, Stefan Kac, Frankfurt School, From A Postit, Marcus (greil, Punk And Punks, Mass Culture's Pop Heart

Jappe—Debord—The Supersession of Art

Anselm Jappe Guy Debord (1993) trans. Donald Nicholson-Smith (1999) actualize artistic values directly in everyday life as an art that was anonymous and such a way as to transcend the dichotomy between artistic moments and moments of banality. (68) I suppose this drags us kicking and screaming into trying to define Art, for if these are indeed hallmarks of supersession, then as such they betoken something of a radically different type. I usually argue for defining by recept...
Tags: Art, Jazz, Stefan Kac, DeBord, Art And Life, From A Notebook, Situationists, Debord (guy, Jappe (anselm, Anselm Jappe Guy Debord, Donald Nicholson Smith

Jappe—Debord—Unfulfilled Wishes

Anselm Jappe Guy Debord (1993) trans. Donald Nicholson-Smith (1999) ...the Situationist criticism of the work of art is curiously reminiscent of the psychoanalytical account, according to which such productions are the sublimation of unfulfilled wishes. For the Situationists, inasmuch as progress had removed all obstacles to the realization of desires, art had lost its function, which was in any case subordinate to desires themselves. (70) This is a comparison I would not have thought to make, p...
Tags: Culture, Jazz, Stefan Kac, DeBord, Situationists, Debord (guy, Jappe (anselm, From A Postit, Anselm Jappe Guy Debord, Donald Nicholson Smith

Jappe—Debord—Bursting the Third-Worldist Bubble

Anselm Jappe Guy Debord (1993) trans. Donald Nicholson-Smith (1999) A bubble that the SI found easy to burst was the excessive enthusiasm for revolutionary movements in the Third World... The SI (like Socialisme ou Barbarie) believed that "the revolutionary project must be realized in the industrially advanced countries"... A bit of mockery of Third-Worldism is no doubt to be detected in the SI's use of such terms as "backward sector," "underdevelopment," and "war of liberation" in connection wi...
Tags: Jazz, Stefan Kac, DeBord, Situationists, Debord (guy, Jappe (anselm, From A Postit, Anselm Jappe Guy Debord, Donald Nicholson Smith, Third Worldism, Barbarie

Jappe—Debord—On Never Asking For Help

Anselm Jappe Guy Debord (1993) trans. Donald Nicholson-Smith (1999) Debord claimed, and there is no reason to doubt him, that he never asked anything of anyone, that it was always others who approached him. (111) Actually, this is not necessarily something to be proud of and could even conflict with the spirit (if not the letter) of Situationist theory given its grand practical pretensions and collectivist ideals. Perhaps this merely refers to the issue of "accommodation...with the system?" [fro...
Tags: Independence, Jazz, Stefan Kac, Self-determination, DeBord, Stubbornness, Situationists, Debord (guy, Jappe (anselm, From A Postit, Anselm Jappe Guy Debord, Donald Nicholson Smith

Accounting For Taste

Louis Chevalier The Assassination of Paris (1977) trans. David P. Jordan (1994) In October 1957 six government ministers along with the cream of Paris society (as was correct) rode the metro to inaugurate the Franklin Roosevelt station which, according to an official speech, "was one of the most luxurious in the world, with its windows depicting famous paintings with cut-glass replicas." Less enthusiastically, some malcontents commented that the uglier things got above ground the more refined th...
Tags: David, Cities, Paris, Jazz, Jordan, Franklin Roosevelt, Stefan Kac, Urbanism And Urbanists, Chevalier (louis, Classical Music Is Dying, Classical Music Is Not Dying, Louis Chevalier

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