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Reading Colonialism in "Parasite" – Tropics of Meta
As Korea’s present colonizer, the United States is implicated throughout Parasite. No single character exemplifies Americanness definitively. Rather, Americanness is an aspirational status. The United States’ presence is thereby marked by its absence, which paradoxically illustrates the totalizing nature of its hegemony. This is most immediately established through the use of English.
film  film:parasite  criticism  colonialism  unitedstates  korea  language  by:juhyunpark  via:rogre 
yesterday by dirtystylus
Reading Colonialism in "Parasite" – Tropics of Meta
History is not just something movies make; it is a collective undertaking we create each day of our lives. Parasite’s ending may be bleak, but it’s we who get to write the coda that follows it.
film  cinema  movies  southkorea  colonialism  criticism  asia  usa  identity  history 
2 days ago by allaboutgeorge
the great missed opportunity of the Star Wars sequel trilogy – Fredrik deBoer
For me, personally, the perfect final shot is this. We’ve learned that Finn is Force-sensitive as we do in TROS. Rey has invited Finn to train with her and Ben. She leads him to a humble meditation room where Ben is waiting, sitting on the floor with his legs cross. Finn is reluctant; though Rey has repeatedly vouched for Ben, Finn still doesn’t trust him. Rey sits down next to Ben and takes his hand. She beckons to Finn to sit down and complete the circle. Grudgingly he does so. Rey extends her hand to Finn and he takes it readily. Ben extends his hand. Looking down at it, Finn hesitates, then swallows hard and takes Ben’s hands. “Close your eyes,” says Rey, and they do. “Now concentrate. Reach out and feel what’s around you….”

And boom, Star Wars theme, the end.
criticism  SpeculativeFiction 
3 days ago by gsanders
Subtitles Can’t Capture the Full Class Critique in ‘Parasite’
Something about watching Parasite unfold before me—in a language I associate with my immediate family and available for mass consumption—filled me with terror.

At first, I couldn’t decide whether to watch the film’s dialogue or read it. But then I caught it: the peculiarity of translating Korean into English text.
korea  film  language  cinema  movies  class  attention  asianamerican  criticism 
4 days ago by allaboutgeorge
Toward a simple theory of YouTube and gaming - Marginal REVOLUTION
Perhaps computer games have some of the same properties. They have great meaning to those who know their ins and outs, but leave many others quite cold. Sometimes I hear people that things like “Twenty or thirty years from now, computer games will develop into great works of art.” I doubt that. To whatever extent computer games are/will be aesthetically notable, those properties are probably already in place, just with fairly high upfront context costs and thus inaccessible to someone such as I.
games  criticism 
6 days ago by gsanders
1995 – Neil Postman on Marshall McLuhan – Concerned Netizen
Q: Would you say he was a great thinker?

A: I would say great thinker, and then add the following: that there are many rooms in the house of the intellect. And different kinds of thinkers occupy different kinds of rooms. Now if there’s a room for those thinkers who see something quite differently from everyone else, and form a question that people in the other rooms hadn’t thought about, in that sense we could say he was a great thinker. I don’t think we would call him a great scholar, because I don’t think he really had the patience to work through some of the implications of what he was saying, even in a book like The Gutenberg Galaxy. Basically these are quotes and allusions to the role that the printing press and movable type played in shaping people’s psychic habits. But it didn’t go into things so deeply. It also has to be added, other people have said this frequently, that there was more than a touch of the poet in him, as everyone who knew him will tell you, he loved playing with language and making puns. Some of his ideas have almost a poetic import to them, as distinct from a researchable, definable context. So I have no hesitation using the term “great thinker” for McLuhan, provided people understand that there are different kinds of great thinkers.
HTT  media  criticism  from instapaper
7 days ago by ayjay
Savior Machines
The technological-obsolescence thesis has been around basically since the advent of the industrial revolution, but since the 1980s it has been increasingly deployed to explain (and sometimes defend) neoliberalism.
Technology  social_media  neoliberalism  douglas_rushkoff  criticism 
7 days ago by jstenner
Katy Waldman, "A New Book on Elena Ferrante Rethinks What Criticism Can Be," The New Yorker
"There’s something uncanny about a group of bookish women using Ferrante’s tetralogy—which follows the lives of Lila and Lenù, two friends growing up in Naples during the nineteen-fifties—to impel a collective inquiry."

"Maybe, in this context, killing off the individual critic is only logical."

"The intimate tone lends a beguiling humanity to the book, inducing a pleasure more often associated with novels: the pleasure of character. For Chihaya, Emre, and Richards (Hill reveals less), select confessions promise not the key to one story—Ferrante’s—but the existence of a second, more enchanting story, which the first story only “enables.”

This is one of several ways in which the essays aspire to the condition of fiction. Specifically, they aspire to the condition of Ferrante’s fiction, which bristles with “shadow narratives”: Lenù’s novels, for example, paraphrase Lila’s apparently superior diaries. The wished-for ideal appears to be ambiguity and aesthetic unknowability. This means that, even as “The Ferrante Letters” showcases what is good about criticism (keen noticing, ingenious arguments, elegant and forceful expression), it can seem, at times, to disdain its own genre. It’s hard to object to ambition, the flourishes that make this book read like art. And yet it’s worth distinguishing between literary effects that charm or move a reader and those that increase her comprehension of a text. Book reviews aren’t here to make friends, even brilliant ones.

What, exactly, are they here to do? The most provocative claim in “The Ferrante Letters” is that criticism might not only illuminate a text; it might also mimic a work, inhabit its form. This makes for mesmerically reflexive reading, in which the authors, characters in a plot of their own making, gradually become subject to Ferrante’s themes."
KatyWaldman  NewYorker  2020  2020-02  criticism  LiteraryCriticism  writing  ElenaFerrante 
9 days ago by briansholis
Agile Light and Dark, and Becoming Value-Driven – Charles Lambdin
RT @CGLambdin: Agile "Light" and "Dark," inspired by @imtomgilb and @schwartz_cio:
Agile  criticism  critique  tomgilb  value 
9 days ago by rcollings
Agile Light and Dark, and Becoming Value-Driven – Charles Lambdin
Shifting the focus from software to value: "So…what’s wrong with output? [...] Really you should focus on maximizing value per MINIMAL output, and you can’t do that if speed of building is coin of the realm."
value  agile  criticism  dopost  scrum  safe 
9 days ago by niksilver

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