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Posted by: Red Deathy ( Socialist Party, UK ) on June 28, 1999 at 17:11:27:

In Reply to: 'Ontology' of the streets under capitalism posted by Samuel Day Fassbinder on June 27, 1999 at 22:24:16:

: Gee isn't a utopian dreamer, either, though he'll have to take that back himself.

I agree, sometimes he talks the radical talk, sometimes he talks conservative talk. Either he's confused, or its natural to his brand of petit bourgeois ideology.

: SDF: I had this debate with the folks in my old department, the one I got my Ph. D from. The ideological structure of the X-Files? Ideological structure for whom? English people?

"The X-Files and international symbollic exchange" is my working title ;) general relations of the show to the post-Cold-war world order, and international relatiosn (Britain-US).

:Look, where I come from, most folks watch TV for the buzz of the alpha waves in their brains, to relax, to stay out of the trouble that accompanies life outside their tiny apartments.

Not that Hoary ol' Chestnut- we here in the Literature dept. get that one all the time- I want to look at the manner of *how* they enjoy it, why, and the way it relates to their wider society 9Kinda like my "Babylon Five is Fascist" Argument.

:If you really want to study the ideological structure of the X-Files, you're going to have to go STUDY THE AUDIENCE WATCHING THE X-FILES.

Thats What I was planning, though I might not be able due to time and resources to be able to (I'll sneak a fair bit in, I hope). Its mostly a cultural reception reading of it.

: see what effect their viewing of the X-Files has on their everyday existences.

I've seen the websites....

: Perhaps this explains something of why I gave up on such studies while in an academic department specifically suited for them, and did a Ph.D dissertation in a school system instead of staying where I was. (At financial risk to myself, as I realized later -- if I'd chosen to be a TV critic I might be expecting a tenure-track job next September, whereas no such thing is happening for me now.) I didn't study Habermas, Adorno, Horkheimer, Marcuse, Lyotard, Benhabib, Sloterdijk, Benjamin, Fraser, Honneth, Foucault, Derrida, Gadamer, Wittgenstein, Marx, Bourdieu etc. just to specialize in analyses of capitalist product that ignored a thorough understanding of the audiences of such product. So I might end up as an elementary-school teacher? That's life under capitalism.

Ditto, finding work will be a pain, if you come to England soon you might find me sat on a street corner with a sign saying "Will Critiqque texts for money"....

:The more time Mommy has to spend at minimum-wage "workfare" job, the less time Mommy has to take care of baby.

:four-year college, and college ain't free here like it is in other countries, nor is it cheap.

Put it this way, I'm the last of the Free Graduates (fees paid for, and given a grant!). Got about 10K debts to show for it. WOuldn't have got here if fees had existed. Joy.

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