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November 06, 2012



Cool performance piece. Yeah, we do end up staring at a television, sitting in separate areas, but at least here people on one side are able to see people watching on the other side. It's sort of like the people on the other side are framing their visual field of what they are seeing. Seeing this context around the television set might be a good reminder to take what we think in context of what others are seeing.

Now what if some of the participants were sitting right on the edge of the carpet where red meets blue? They wouldn't see any of the television. Instead they would be engaging with each other. Perhaps there could be a whiteboard running perpendicular with the tv sets, so people "meeting in the middle" can discuss and generate real solutions.

Richard Prouty

That's a good idea. As far as I know, there's no interactivity between the two sides. I found it interesting that some Democrats sat on the red rug because there was more room. The anonymity of the exercise was also interesting: would people be so willing to sit on one rug or the other if they'd attended with, say, their co-workers.

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One-Way Street [Einbahnstrasse, 1928] was Walter Benjamin's first effort to break out of the narrow confines of the academy and apply the techniques of literary studies to life as it is currently lived. For Benjamin criticism encompasses the ordinary objects of life, the literary texts of the time, films in current release, and the fleeting concerns of the public sphere. Following Benjamin's lead, this blog is concerned with the political content of the aesthetic and representations of the political in the media. As Benjamin writes in One-Way Street, "He who cannot take sides should keep silent."