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Structure, Sign & Play In The Discourse Of The Hot Tub

You can blame the Refused for this — and, from them, Catharsis and CrimethInc. and Inside Front and After The Revolution —  but at the close of the 20th century, certain quarters of hardcore fell hard for Guy Debord, the Situationist International, Jacques Derrida, Lipstick Traces and most things Paris-1968. When I got to college, I immediately took a deconstruction class — one of the only English classes I could suffer through — and reveled in the jouissance of insufferability.

What I mean to say is that this thesis is catnip to me:

From Guy Debord to Mike Sorrentino: The MTV Situationist by McKenzie Wark. Abstract: Guy Debord envisioned the urban space as something handled and reconstructed by a liberatory avant-garde. This paper discusses how “The Situation” is a true Situationist, brinigng Debord’s project into the post-modern present. By wandering Seaside Heights in search of the sweet love, the Jersey Shore cast, and the Situation in particular, transforms the urban space into an abstract game of networked mating opportunities, each free of bourgieois constraints.

We shall postpone the development of these theses until later.

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