In recent months, we've noted a number of fresh re-views of Capital and Economy.
The first of these was in a TV documentary series about attitudes to sex, in different countries. In the Cuba episode, the investigator while speaking with a group of women made an aside reference to "advertising". The woman being interviewed did not know what an advertisement was, and had difficulty understanding the explanation. (A shock moment of re-cognition, as when driving through East Germany in 1992 and 'seeing' an absence of advertisements.) An older woman in the group explained it very simply : "Advertising is commercial propaganda."
Since then, the publication in March of Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, a professor at the Paris School of Economics.
Thomas Piketty: the French economist bringing capitalism to book by Larry Elliott, Economics Editor at The Guardian, 3 May 2014
And today we've been listening on ABC.RN to another French contributor, Peter Szendy, who is presently in Australia to give a series of lectures :
Peter Szendy : The Aesthetic Supermarket for Thinking Out Loud: The Sydney Lectures in Philosophy and Society at the State Library of NSW.
Lecture 1 :
From the department store to the shopping mall: cinema and its markets - Monday 5 May
Lecture 2 :
The value of images - Wednesday 7 May
Lecture 3 :
The commodity gaze - Friday 9 May
Today's radio program Peter Szendy : The new iconomy of images and exchange can be listened to online at The Philosopher's Zone. Recommended!
"This is what I would call Iconomic Capitalism"
- Peter Szendy
stilled image of "Spiritual" movement
The Ladder of Divine Ascent
Eastern Orthodox ikon at Saint Catherine's monastery, Mt Sinai.
Into the mix, our own economy graphic statement :
stilled image of "Economy" movement
A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
someone looks at something ...