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Celebricities By Anthony Curtis Adler

Celebricities by Anthony Curtis Adler

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A phenomenological account of the forms of life characteristic of late capitalism--including television, celebrity culture, and personal electronics--culminating in an ontology of the gadget-commodity that brings together Marxist theories of commodity fetishism and ideology with Heidegger's attempt to think truth as unconcealment.

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Celebricities: Media Culture and the Phenomenology of Gadget Commodity Life by Anthony Curtis Adler

What becomes of life, experience, and truth in the hyperconsumeristic culture of the twenty-first century? What happens to the phenomenological call to go "back to the things themselves" when these things, to an ever greater degree, involve a televised life that is not ours to live, celebrities who are utterly like us yet infinitely untouchable, and uncannily pluripotent electronic gadgets? Combining sustained philosophical inquiry with fragmentary and experimental theoretical interventions, Anthony Curtis Adler rethinks Marxist materialism and the Heideggerian project in terms of the singular experiences of late capitalism. In doing so, he reveals how the disarticulation of life via the commodity fetish demands at once a new notion of phenomenological method and an ontology oriented toward the radical contingency of being itself as transcendental ground.

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...Celebricities is a forceful meditation on the tradition of "theory" as such and on the possibility and impossibility of "theory" now.--Syndicate

About Anthony Curtis Adler

Anthony Curtis Adler is Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Yonsei University's Underwood International College in South Korea.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Exordium Introduction Part I 1. The phenomenology of television 2. The life not ours to live 3. The celebrity and the nobody 4. Being(s) 5. The life of things 6. The essence of ideology; the essence of truth 7. The truth of the commodity 8. Value, publicity, politics 9. Reproduction 10. The gadget 11. Back to the things themselves Part II 12. Methods Concepts of criticism Language is the EL of being Satanic laughter Techniques of writing Vita contemplativa The raccoon trap 13. Celebrity Epic form Celebrity and singularity Innocence Of celebricity, or: toward a phenomenology of Madonna The strange celebrity The Uncandy Candy Candy What percentage of the American population are celebrities? Specters of Spector Excrement and enterprise The dissociating pleasure of things Abstract pleasures Experiences The theory of suffering Advertising The next top model Television and celebrity Politics and humor The visionary Things Listening to Radiohead for the first time, 17 years too late. 14. Television/Gadget It's bicycle repairmanEL Dialectica gizmotica The Trojan horse The personal computer Terror-vision The Joker Gigi Nip/Tuck The Following The Ring House Disjecta membra Dexteri Boogie Nights Man or Muppet The sweatshops of Hollywood Muppetation and mediation Demectomy Action figures Liberal Arts Glee Bunheads Breaking Bad/Elective Affinities 15. Epilogue How I met my mother (French Theory, by Francois Cusset) Bibliography Videography Notes

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Celebricities: Media Culture and the Phenomenology of Gadget Commodity Life by Anthony Curtis Adler
Fordham University Press
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