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New on The New Everyday: "The Tea Party Election: Thatcherism ...

The New Everyday coordinating editor Nick Mirzoeff leads off the latest cluster in the project, focusing on the cultural implications of last Tuesday’s election. Join in the discussion there, by reading, commenting, and adding your own piece!

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On Rallies Real and Fake

I’ve been mulling over both my take and my stake in regards to the Rally to Restore Sanity and the recent and related Tea Party March on Washington, not to mention yesterday’s Republican and Tea Party (voting) rallies that led to their re-taking of the House. In all cases, we witness the same ironic free fall I’ve discussed earlier: perfectly real rallies organized around glaring glorious fakes that may or may not be understood as such. ... read more »

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The Tea Party and The New Everyday

The New Everyday is a MediaCommons project designed to be a reflection space on how everyday life has (and has not) been transformed since the theorizing of the 1980s by Stuart Hall and Michel de Certeau. It’s purpose is to serve as a space of public reflection before (or instead of) the print/refereed publication. You can read more about The New Everyday on the project site.

Hall’s impulse to this project was what he called “The Great Moving Right Show,” or more academically put, Thatcherism’s hegemonic project. It’s easily forgotten now but the analysis of Thatcherism was widely derided at the time, with people on the left insisting that this was simply old fashioned class politics in a slightly dressed up format; that Thatcher was stupid and by extension people were being stupid to vote for her.

Is this starting to sound familiar yet? ... read more »

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“A Narrative of Impending Tyranny”

In a recent post on his blog, Jay Rosen has raised some important questions about the nature of contemporary journalism, arguing that in the attempt to remain objective, many journalists evacuate the truth-telling role historically associated with reporting. ... read more »