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December 05, 2012

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John

Interesting coincidence (?).

John

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/The-History-of-Boredom-180161211.html

Richard Prouty

Not a coincidence at all. I was definitely inspired to write the post after reading the Smithsonian piece, but I'm more interested in Walter Benjamin's history of boredom and how it relates to distraction. The Smithsonian article is definitely worth reading. Thanks for linking to it.

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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."

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