Diet Soap Podcast #137: Learning Through Debt (pt 2)
The guest this week is professor David Blacker who returns for a second episode and we return to our discussion of debt servitude and his essay The Illegitimacy of Student Debt which is due out in the journal CULTURAL LOGIC. The essay will appear in their special issue on Marxism and Education this spring.
I want to thank Kurt O for donating and let him know that his copy of my novella Wave of Mutilation will be jetting his way in the next few days. There are now another ten slots still open for people who want to subscribe to Diet Soap Philosophy workshop. We're reading Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit but I promise it's fun. There are five additional slots open for people who want to participate in the workshop but don't feel they are able to subscribe. Donating or subscribing to the podcast is also a way to get a copy of my latest book.
I've got a lot in the Diet Soap Archive at the moment, including an old conversation with Jon Meade about the concept of the production of Space, the Marxist economist Alan Freeman, and a conversation with the anarchist Paul Shetler. I'm not sure just what I'll choose to run with next week, but I'm sure it will be interesting. Maybe I'll just bring Ben on and we'll talk about a painting.
The music and sounds in this podcast include a clip from the classic 1991 film by Richard Linklater "Slacker," the Statler Brothers 1969 hit Flowers on the Wall, a commercial from ITT Technical Institute circa 1986, Camille Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2, a lecture on Lacan by professor Adrian Johnston, Slavoj Zizek talking about the reality of the virtual, and a commercial for the TED conference that tries to sell inventive Capitalism as revolution, but which I hope I managed to turn around on itself. Also Jacqueline Du Pre performing Saint-Saens Allegro Appassionato and Miriam with another Titanic factoid.
The beginning of unrelated essay:
Understanding Hegel with Philip K. Dick on the Thirteenth Floor
Critics and academics often employ theories and philosophers in order to help them understand and dissect movies and books. If you’ve ever picked up a copy of an academic journal like Jump Cut what you undoubtedly found were essays written about movies like The Social Network or Avatar that approached these flicks as if these were deep mysteries that required the use of theories to unravel. I think the exact opposite is true. While I’m interested in philosophy, I find all the different theories out there somewhat difficult to get a firm grip on. Movies and novels, on the other hand, are easy to understand. So what I like to do is use pop cultural ephemera of all kinds as tools to help me try to understand philosophy. For example, I recently reread Philip K. Dick’s short story “The Electric Ant” and watched the movie The Thirteenth Floor with the hope that these could help me understand Hegel’s Introduction to his Phenomenology of Spirit.
I wasn’t disappointed.
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