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Myrbråten og det degenererte kulturminnevernet

In Arkeologi, Filosofi, Kultur, Litteratur, Politikk, Vitenskap on november 26, 2011 at 2:00 am

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The perverted world of Asbjørnsen & Moe

In Kultur, Litteratur on april 29, 2011 at 4:01 pm

During the first half of the 1800’s, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen (1813-1882) and Jørgen Moe (1812-1885) travelled around Norway to collect folktales. The fantastic, but kind of cute and innocent, tales of Per, Pål and Espen Askeladd evoked both surprise and indignation. But Asbjørnsen and Moe had by then only published a handful of their collected works. In the 1970’s, the archives were explored, and what was found?

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Michel Renault, meet Michel Houellebecq

In Litteratur on april 10, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Excerpts cited from the first page of the novel Platform (2001) by Michel Houellebecq, and an interview with Houellebecq by Susannah Hunnewell (2010).

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Thunderbolts, thunderstones, tordenkiler

In Arkeologi, Kultur, Litteratur on april 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm

They appear in mythologies all over the world; Hindu, Hittite, Greek, Roman, Germanic, Maya, Cherokee, Ojibway, Igbo. The list goes on. But where are the literary sources? What are the hard facts on the thunderbolts?

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Zizek caught in language(s)

In Filosofi, Kultur, Litteratur on mars 13, 2011 at 11:35 pm

It is not necessary to introduce Slavoj Zizek in a context like this – his name gets mentioned in various contexts these days. Zizek thinks about everything, and he states publicly everything he thinks. And this he does everywhere, in books, articles, television, even films. In Zizek (2005), he explicitly states that he is quite critical to the international reputation he has gained, especially as being an “intellectual rockstar”. Now what could be the reason for this labeling?

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Vikingtidens tragedie

In Arkeologi, Filosofi, Litteratur on januar 27, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I nettutgaven til Morgenbladet kunne vi i juleferien lese artikkelen om den svært så engasjerende Sigurd Aase. Basert på denne artikkelen alene kan han vel ansees som både kapitalist, kulturkritiker, filantrop, vitenskapskommentator, grunder, og årsaken til gullgruven Haugesund. Ifølge artikkelforfatteren kan besøkende se to ting i Haugesund; ”sauer som beiter i rimfrosten”, og Sigurd Aase.

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Subconscious discomforts in culture

In Litteratur, Vitenskap on januar 16, 2011 at 8:08 pm

All cultures have certain unspoken rules or guidelines about our behavior in specific social contexts – this is not controversial. But sometimes, these roles that we play collide. This creates an immense discomfort within ourselves. And what then happens is usually quite embarresing. It can be weird, absurd, crazy, og just sad. We do not know how to behave, and we just react. But why do we react in these specific ways?

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Metaphysical temptations

In Filosofi, Litteratur on januar 15, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Most people do not have any faith in the science of metaphysics. Two observations supports this allegation; the popularity within academics of ‘critiquing metaphysics’, and second, the lack of interest in understandings and deconstructions of it. But is it true that metaphysical temptations are non-existent today?

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Tao lin: Knausgård for iphone-generasjonen

In Litteratur on desember 17, 2010 at 2:02 pm


«Thomas Tipp was right; people will read again», sier Tom cruise som forlagsredaktøren David Ames i filmen Vanilla sky (Som nylig ble kåret til verdens mest forvirrende film av lovefilm.com). Men hadde Thomas Tipp egentlig rett?

Bokens rolle i samfunnet har gått fra å å være husets enerådende medium for kunnskap og underholdning, til å slite skikkelig i konkurransen med HDtven, Pcen/macen, spillkonsollen, sosialle medier og treningsstudioer. I en undersøkelse nylig offentliggjort av PISA, ble det klart at bare 1 av 6 norske tenåringsgutter anser «lesing» som en av sine favorittaktiviteter. Intens virtuell jakting etter gull og XP vil jeg anta troner øverst.
Hva skal til for at boken gjenreiser sin rolle hos de unge i samfunnet og at Thomas tipp sine profetier innfris? Hvis det er forfatteren sin rolle som må fornyes så har kanskje Tao Lin formelen.
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ANT having a Lippmannian moment

In Filosofi, Litteratur on desember 13, 2010 at 10:38 am

The great sociological actor-network theory has been under development since the 1980’s. The latest monograph on the field is Bruno Latours Reassembling the social (2005), but he has also published other very important works such as Science in action (1987), The Pasteurization of France (1988), and Aramis, or the love of technology (1996), together with a whole body if articles. Another important writer is Michael Callon, professor in sociology and currently working at Ecole des Mines de Paris. I think it is safe to say that he, alongside Latour and John Law, is a definite MVP of ANT.

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