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If it Makes You Happy, Why the Hell Are You so Sad?

Digressing from the realms of confessional art, my focus has landed on the causes our global epidemic, the symptomatic human condition. Where previously I laid blame on the design flaws of the human psyche, I have recently admitted that there may be other forces at work. 283 more words


The theory of "reification"

A response to Georg Lukács

Originally published in Platypus Review 73

Izrail’ Vainshtein
Under the Banner of
10-11 (1924)

The philosophical explanations present among people claiming to be Marxists manifest a haphazardness of speculative philosophizing that must meet their nemesis in the philosophy of dialectical materialism. 5,680 more words


Demystifying the iPhone 6's desirability

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus slowly and majestically rise onto the screen highlighted by a flawless white backdrop. The unmistakable voices of Chris O’Dowd and Richard Ayoade, both of… 1,302 more words


Ideology 2.0: Historical materialism and the truth about new media and participatory culture

Written by: Be Lee

According to Marxist historical materialism, the exploitation of human labour is embedded into the ideals of capitalist society. In fact, Marx’s understanding of the pervasive nature of capitalism was so profound that it even sheds light on modern forms of media in the digital era. 1,986 more words

Research Paper

Why Customers Are Assholes: An Ideological Explanation

Anyone who works or has worked in the service industry is aware that customers are assholes. If you make the slightest mistake with a customer’s order, they will pounce on you. 937 more words

Left-wing Politics

Project 1-5: Art as Commodity

From 'We Go To The Gallery' (2014) Miriam Elia

This project requires reading an extract from ‘Fetishism of the Commodity’ by Karl Marx in ‘The Visual Culture Reader (2nd Ed.)’ (2002) Ed. 2,455 more words