[Marxism] Facebook frustration

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Mar 4 10:41:31 MST 2012

On 3/4/12 12:33 PM, Mark Lause wrote:
> It's the nature of American civilization at this point that it makes a
> certain portion of its population sociopathic.

One other problem I have with FB is how bereft it is of serious 
discussion or debate. And often when it occurs it is with people who you 
really have little or no affinity with.

Yesterday a grad student in London named Sebastian wrote glowingly about 
Steve McQueen's "Shame", a movie I really hated, even more so than 
"Hunger", his horrible movie about Bobby Sands.

When I took exception to the film, I found myself in an argument with 
people on Sebastian's wave-length, who are grad students like him or 
junior faculty members. When one of them wrote "Also, what about someone 
like Tarkovsky? His films are suffused with emotion, but his characters 
are either detached or otherwise somewhat lacking in internal life. They 
are tools to engender a kind of purely temporal experience of cinematic 
haecceity", I chuckled at the use of the word "haeccity" and signed off.

There are frequently good discussions engendered by something that Doug 
Henwood writes or Corey Robin wrote (I unfriended him a while back out 
of pique, probably a mistake) but that's about it.

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