Kulturindustri og sikkerhedsstat: To noter om “The Wire" og en om “Dread Pirate Roberts"

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    Abstract

    Cultural industry and the security state

    – Two Notes on the Critique of The Wire and One on “Dread Pirate Roberts”

    The central question in this article concerns the current state of critique at the threshold of the digital age of surveillance. How is it in other words possible to respond critically within this new paradigm of the security state, and where should we look to further develop such a possible critical approach? The HBO TV-series The Wire is at the center of this article, due to its focus on surveillance and communication technologies. The over-all focus, however, is to follow the critical readings of the series by Slavoj Žižek and Fredric Jameson. Both Žižek and Jameson frame their analysis by insisting on the political implications of the cultural industries. Fur-thermore, it is a central claim in the present article that it is not possible any longer (maybe it never was possible) to distinguish the infrastructure of the cultural industries from the infrastructure of the security state. For this reason, the analysis is primarily concerned with the inseparability of the communication technologies, the cultural industries and the security state; and the thesis is that a contemporary critique needs to address this infrastructural problem in the midst of our mediated society.
    Bidragets oversatte titelCultural industry and the security state: Two notes on the critique on “The Wire" and one on “Dread Pirate Roberts”
    OriginalsprogDansk
    TidsskriftK&K
    Vol/bind44
    Udgave nummer122
    Sider (fra-til)241-260
    ISSN0905-6998
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - 2016

    Bibliografisk note

    #122, "Kulturkritikken nu"

    Emneord

    • The Wire, Dread Pirate Roberts, Edward Snowden, kulturindustri, sikkerhedsstat, overvågning, Slavoj Žižek, Fredric Jameson

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