Recent Changes

Monday, April 28

  1. page 3 - Precarias a la Deriva edited ... {COMPSTD Dicussion Leading 3.26.14.docx} (Laura Rickrich) Discussion Leading {presentatio…
    {COMPSTD Dicussion Leading 3.26.14.docx}
    (Laura Rickrich)
    Discussion Leading
    (Herika Kim)

    Bailey Welch
    Live Blogging: March 26, 2014
    (view changes)
    11:16 am
  2. page 3 - DeLillo, Cosmospolis edited ... __ (review/overview of story) __http:…
    __ (review/overview of story)
    Bailey Welch
    Live Blogging – April 16
    Eric is now able to interact with his employees whereas he wasn’t able to before in the novel
    o He’s a different person
    o He’s trying to actually get to know others and exploring his relationships
    o A different type of employee
    § Laidback, casual
    § He doesn’t restrain Eric like his bodyguards, etc.
    o Nothing has changed and Eric enjoys it whereas before he thought everything (words: computer, etc.) was already “outdated”
    o He’s safe there because he’s away from all of his high-tech stuff and is able to revert to childishness (his past)
    o Shows why he has to get to this particular barbershop instead of any of the other ones he passed on his way crosstown
    § Had very little to do with getting a haircut
    § More to do with feeling safe and reliving his childhood, in a sense
    o Only place Eric is able to sleep – insomniac everywhere else
    Eric is much more calm
    o Not overanalyzing, not overthinking, not paying attention to tiny details
    o More content
    o P. 161 – “He was afraid the night was over…”
    § He hasn’t had consequence for killing Torvald
    Barbershop scene
    o Intimate connection with past that he can’t get anywhere else because he’s focused on the future
    o Experiments with intimate moment with people from his past, but doesn’t work anymore. Needs to shock himself back into connection with the world; he’s too numb. Even threat hasn’t been materialized.
    Movie scene
    o Sex with Elise – finally knows and loves her
    o Realizes he’s strong, but also human, vulnerable, etc.
    o Moment of utopia – positive
    § He’s finally part of something bigger than himself
    § He’s part of these people
    § Picture of better world from author
    o Significance of nudity
    § Equality – everyone’s the same and cannot be judged by clothing
    § Nowhere to hide – true nature is revealed
    Eric is just a normal person
    Can’t hide behind clothes, money, etc.
    § Prison Scandal – brutalized, forced to do things to one another, etc. by U.S. Prison Guards
    § Intimate setting = freedom
    § UNIQUE
    Everyone looks so different when naked – skin color, missing limbs, etc.
    Mass produced clothes, but never bodies
    Our differences are what makes us all equal
    o Inability to judge each other
    Eric v. Richard (aka Benno Levin)
    o Effects of currencies that each were analyzing throughout work??
    o End of American Psycho v. end of Cosmopolis
    § Each character saying the same thing in the end?
    Fight Club v. Cosmopolis
    o Cosmopolis – a rewrite of Fight Club?
    § Business man and agent of chaos
    § Eric shoots himself in hand
    § Benno needs to get rid of Eric
    § Staged in abandoned house
    § Insomnia
    o Fight Club
    § Business man and agent of chaos
    § Narrator shoots himself
    § Narrator needs to get rid of Tyler
    § Staged in abandoned house
    § Insomnia
    § Characters connected through sleep
    3 Themes of Class:
    Social relations

    Chapter 2
    Laura Rickrich – Live Blog 3.7.14
    (view changes)
    6:14 am
  3. page 3 - Lazzarato edited ... American's Perception vs. Reality of Wealth:…
    American's Perception vs. Reality of Wealth:
    Racial Wealth gap:
    Bailey Welch
    Live Blogging – March 31
    The Making of the Indebted Man, Day 2
    Change in share of income
    o The rich are getting richer and the poor are staying poor or getting poorer (since 1979)
    o The top 20% has over 80% of the wealth in society today!
    Median net worth of households, 2005 and 2009
    o 2005
    § Whites – 134,992
    § Hispanics – 18,359
    § Blacks – 12,124
    o 2009
    § Whites – 113,149
    § Hispanics – 6,325
    § Blacks – 5,677
    o Sovereign power
    § Money = debt
    § Virtual and real
    § “Too big to fail” – the banks were failing but the government HAD to bail them out because there was no other option in which the future would be stable.
    o Disciplinary power – the ability for you to be coerced into doing something but you feel as though you made the choice for yourself.
    § Example: In some prisons, the inmates are told that they’re always being watched, so they act as though they are being watched (good) at all times, whether that is actually true or not.
    § Shift from social relations to individual “shareholders”
    Shareholders control decisions but don’t do any of the work
    Want to increase productivity by increasing the product
    We are shareholders – we want everything to become a profit for us, so we want everyone to work harder to increase our share
    The makers are the only “true citizens”; the takers contribute nothing to society.
    o Bio power – looks at society as a group; everyone contributes
    § Two-fold
    Transfer revenue to businesses or the wealthy – everything goes to the businesses
    Deficits and debt – people engage in society by taking on more debt
    ***Of the 7 billion people on earth, 1 billion of them live on less than 1$ a day!
    Debt reconfiguration
    o A tool used to separate people into wealthy and poor
    o Sovereign debt – keeps people “in line” through their debt because money = debt
    o Disciplinary debt – gets people to take on debt willingly (makes them believe it’s beneficial to them) and makes them feel as though they’re competing with others for gain
    o Biopolitical debt – divides society into people in debt and people who are holding that debt over them
    Neoliberal ideology – when governments are not involved, people are able to be more creative and less controlled

    Bailey Welch
    Live Blogging – March 28
    (view changes)
    6:09 am
  4. page 3 - Lazzarato edited ... American's Perception vs. Reality of Wealth:…
    American's Perception vs. Reality of Wealth:
    Racial Wealth gap:
    Bailey Welch
    Live Blogging – March 28
    The Making of the Indebted Man
    ***Debt predetermined one’s future.
    p. 25-29 – Manufacturing Debt
    o Approach: Historical essay through statistics about policy for government.
    o Thesis: Debt is at the core of contemporary economy.
    ***How the government is run has nothing to do with the economy.
    p. 37-44 – Basis of Social Rx
    o “Domestication of Man” – debt used to turn people into people who can keep their promises and do what they say they’ll do.
    § Author doesn’t like this because promise prohibit freedom.
    o Economic exchange
    o Symbolic exchange
    p. 44-49 – Temporality of Debt (Possibility Choice Decision)
    o Debt is objectification of the future in the present, therefore forecloses upon possible futures because one is promising that something that has not yet happened yet will happen in the future.
    *Time is uncertain because it is open to any number of possibilities.
    LIFE PLAN EXERCISE: Lay out what you’d like to happen in your life and then calculate the estimated amount of debt you will accrue. What will you have to do in order to make it possible for all of this to happen?

    Laura Rickrich – Live Blog 3/28/14
    Manufacturing DebtDebt** (p. 25-29)
    Approach: Historical
    Stats – policy & government
    (view changes)
    6:07 am

Friday, April 18

  1. page 3 - DeLillo, Cosmospolis edited ... Chapter 4 {COMPSTD Cosmopolis – Chapter 4 Presentation .docx} Don DeLillo Cosmopollis Part…
    Chapter 4
    {COMPSTD Cosmopolis – Chapter 4 Presentation .docx}
    Don DeLillo Cosmopollis Part 2 Chapter 4
    Why is Eric now able to look his at his employees and talk to them ?
    For most of the book, Eric is focused on the future (his job his word use, his things, etc) yet when he comes to Anthony’s to get his haircut, he relishes that the barbershop is unchanged, and that Anthony is addressing him in the same way he always does. Why is Eric suddenly so drawn to his past?
    Why is Eric so fascinated by his driver’s eye injury?
    How is Eric finally able to sleep when he gets to the barbershop?
    What is the force driving Eric to suddenly leave the barbershop mid haircut?
    Do you think Eric went to this place for a reason beyond a haircut?
    Why is Eric so at ease when talking to Ibrahim?
    When does Eric have the most meaningful of interactions with others?
    Why is Eric finally able to have sex with his wife?
    “But where? Where does it go?” ”he could not remember where it went”
    “Power works best when theres no memory attached.”
    -revisiting the past
    -Richard’s power over Eric (Richard cannot think beyond his past of working for Eric)
    Compare and contrast the effects their respective currencies have had on them (Yen/Eric, Baht/Richard)
    -tone of this chapter vs rest of book

    (view changes)
    3:05 pm
  2. page 3 - Harron, American Psycho edited ... Finance, Masculinity, the '80s {} Violence, Separation {Angelaki-libre.pdf}…
    Finance, Masculinity, the '80s {}
    Violence, Separation {Angelaki-libre.pdf}
    Laura Rickrich - Live Blog 4.18.14
    Unit 1 – Space
    - Measureable + environmental image
    Unit 2 – Time
    - Can personally relate
    - Always scheduling/planning
    Unit 3 – Tension between social relations and social debt + measurability
    - World of quantification
    Cosmopolis, American Psycho, & Feminist articles
    Inclusion – what would it mean to include women in the world of Eric or Patrick?
    How are women treated by people in those situations
    a. Federici – Women = objects, taken for granted, invisible, etc. At what rate should women’s work be valued compared to men’s work?
    *Do women have a place in Cosmopolis and American Psycho? And what would it mean for them to be included?
    Limitations to women’s ability to succeed at the highest elevation:
    - Social/gender roles
    - There are roles, but they are invisible, absent or taken for granted
    - Sexual assault – 90% perpetrated by men
    - Women are taught to evade, men aren’t taught
    - Eric and Patrick are to blame (cultural concepts and ideas) that need to be held accountable to their actions
    Systems of value:
    American Psycho – social capital & networking
    - Detective Kimball – tries to convey that he is an equal, Bateman slips but yet Kimball covers for him because he would benefit (social climber)
    - Rather than fulfilling business potential, jus trying to get ahead
    Cosmopolis – information & info control/understanding and interpreting info
    - Women’s role =
    - Elise – wife, old money, and poet – knows nothing about info distant until nude
    - Jane – jogging, technical expert, smarter than him but less able to do his strange task, Eric objectifies her (she has more info, but in asymmetrical relationship)
    - Didi – knew about paintings & art, beauty vs. calculation
    - Kendra – Has her do something and then sends her off & doesn’t care if she gets fired or whatever
    - Analyst – always talking about time in grand scale, can see big picture stuff better than him,
    Eric always has upper hand through exercise of power, but women are either equal or above him…
    Patrick kills people who are inferior; he levels more with people who are more intelligent/like him… manipulates people and finds pleasure in taking advantage
    “Snakes in suits” theory
    Our economic system rewards people that do things that most won’t do
    *Do you treat people differently when they become just a number?

    (view changes)
    2:03 pm

Wednesday, April 16

  1. page 3 - DeLillo, Cosmospolis edited ... -Patrick expresses himself through killing and hurting others. How does Eric express himself? …
    -Patrick expresses himself through killing and hurting others. How does Eric express himself?
    Chapter 4
    {COMPSTD Cosmopolis – Chapter 4 Presentation .docx}
    (view changes)
    2:10 pm