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TRUTH IS A VIRUS: Meme Warfare and the Billionaires for Bush (or Gore)

TRUTH IS A VIRUS: Meme Warfare and the Billionaires for Bush (or Gore)

TRUTH IS A VIRUS: Meme Warfare and the Billionaires for Bush (or Gore) Andrew Boyd [first published in: Cultural Resistance, Ed. Steven Duncombe, Verso, April 2002] “Truth is a Virus.” When I first saw this phrase, defiantly spray-painted on the walls of a suburban high-school, it thrilled me. So what if it was only a...
Why I love and hate Adbusters!

Why I love and hate Adbusters!

Why I love and hate Adbusters! I love Adbusters!  I hate Adbusters!  I love Adbusters!  I hate Adbusters!  Turning the pages of the glossy Vancouver quarterly, I’m like an obsessed teenager pulling petals out of a flower.  I love Adbusters!  I hate Adbusters!  I love how they take the sly, slick, seductive genius of Madison...
THE MANUFACTURE OF DISSENT: What the Left Can Learn from Las Vegas

THE MANUFACTURE OF DISSENT: What the Left Can Learn from Las Vegas

THE MANUFACTURE OF DISSENT: What the Left Can Learn from Las Vegas by Andrew Boyd and Stephen Duncombe Originally published in the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest – Volume 1, Issue 3, which later became the basis for Steve’s (excellent) book, Dream. Scholars take note: the concept of an “Ethical Spectacle” was thunked up by both...
Save Western Civilization now! Ask me how.

Save Western Civilization now! Ask me how.

Not long ago, Western Civilization was at an impasse, so I wrote a book to move us forward. I didn't want to write it but I couldn't help myself. Let me explain...
Classroom uses.

Classroom uses.

CLASSROOM USES FOR “Life’s Little Deconstruction Book” (Andrew Boyd, W. W. Norton, $7.95, paperback) WHY: > Fun, jargon-free primer on post-modernism. > Playful introduction to cultural theory and post-structuralist thought. > Works for both introductory and upper-level courses. HOW: Activity ideas for theory and upper-level courses: •     Individual maxims provide great focal points for discussion. ...
Write your own PoMoToGo

Write your own PoMoToGo

READERS: WRITE YOUR OWN PO-MO-TO-GO-ISM. FILL THE BOOK’S MISSING # 366 LEAP YEAR SPOT. Add your own po-mo-to-go-ism via the form below. The book has 365 post-modern maxims—one for every day—but we forgot about the leap year. The 366 slot is empty and will be filled by our readers’ best ideas. Your entry should begin...
A selection.

A selection.

The First 50: 1. Talk about anything in the context of anything else. 2. Implicate yourself in every interpretation. 3. Dip into nihilism. 4. Sample. 5. Need what recently didn’t exist. 6. Expose depth as another surface. 7. Pose. 8. Control the remote. 9. Read the text as you desire. 10. Learn to play a...
NOW AND ZEN: Existential Clocks

NOW AND ZEN: Existential Clocks

Some years back I built a number of “existential” clocks and watches. I gave a few away as gifts but there’s still a couple working prototypes (both analog and digital) ticking away in my apartment, reminding visitors that not only is there no time like the present, there’s no time but the present. Set your...
ENLIGHTENED MACHISMO: Self-Help for the Post-Asshole

ENLIGHTENED MACHISMO: Self-Help for the Post-Asshole

If you’ve ever wondered how to be sexy and anti-sexist at exactly the same time, this is the book you’ve been waiting for. Of course, you might have to keep waiting. Since I’m still writing it. But here’s a couple pieces that have already been published: The Happiest Day of Somebody Else’s Life (The Sun...
101 WAYS TO GET BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL: Nietzsche’s Little Instruction Set

101 WAYS TO GET BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL: Nietzsche’s Little Instruction Set

Mao had his Little Red Book. This would be Nietzsche’s. Unpublished as yet, but check out the PDF of the poster.
DAILY AFFLICTIONS: The Agony of Being Connected to Everything in the Universe

DAILY AFFLICTIONS: The Agony of Being Connected to Everything in the Universe

A dark, twisted existential manifesto posing as a book of daily inspiration.
LIFE'S LITTLE DECONSTRUCTION BOOK: Self-Help for the Post-Hip

LIFE’S LITTLE DECONSTRUCTION BOOK: Self-Help for the Post-Hip

LIFE’S LITTLE DECONSTRUCTION BOOK: Self-Help for the Post-Hip (W.W. Norton & Co., 1998, softcover, $7.99) (Penguin, 1999) Portable Po-Mo, Disposable Derrida, Foucault-To-Go. This tiny manual provides an introduction to theoretical posturing, a commentary on post-modernism, a subversive satire, and a tribute to the love-hate relationship many of us have with fashionable ideas—all in a very...