Author: Maggie Zavgren

The Death of The Panopticon

The element of Jean Baudrillard’s Simulacra and Simulation that I am finding the trickiest is his claim that the rise of media that induce simulation also lead to the “End of the panoptic system” (Baudrillard, 29). Placed in the context of his inquiry into the Loud family, as the first televised attempt to pierce “lived reality in order to put…

“Troublesome Categories” and the Issue of Erasure

In “Cybertyping and the Work of Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction” Lisa Nakamura demonstrates the pseudo-utopic ideal of a post-racialized internet to be just that: a pseudo-utopia. Nakamura notes that cyberspace tends to treat identity politics of race and gender as “troublesome categories,” (Nakamura, 323), just as advertisements on digital platforms work to “deconstruct the notion of a…

Distraction or Cyborg?

The former governor of California reveals a secret in Terminator 2 The intersection of media and neuroscience, outlined by Katherine Hayles in “Hyper Deep Attention,” is one often explored in terms of binary values. What Hayles outlines as “deep attention” and “hyper attention” (the cognitive effects of exposure to particular media) can easily be posed in a system of good…

The Ancient Craft of the Beautiful (group C)

At the heart of Benjamin’s conception of art in modernity is the binary opposition of cult value and exhibition value. His assertion that “artistic production begins with ceremonial objects destined to serve in a cult” (108), notes a particular marriage between the artifact and object-oriented-belief. Cult value functions when an art-object is held as “an instrument of magic” (109), and…