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To Be or Not To Be Charlie

The Twilight of the Gods did not happen. In the aftermath of the attacks on the French weekly Charlie Hebdo, identity politics are once again in the forefront of political debate.

A debate that has revealed the deep-rooted schism within the French and European Left-wing.

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Detroit in Ruins: Another Abandoned City Series

Detroit’s decaying facade has been documented through numerous photography series. Yet all of these appear as an autopsy performed on a social body that is, though moribund, not yet dead.

While the occlusion of social life from the frame contributes to the mesmerizing effect of the photos, the narrative they contribute to carefully avoids social issues that pertain to the territory they portray.

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The Spectacle in the Age of Social Media

Guy Debord’s The Society of the Spectacle – a text which has become synonymous with the French 1968 moment – is cast in new light by the advent of social media.

Far from being messianic, Debord’s analysis shows its limitations in its inability to estimate how far the trends it described could develop

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