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Tequilx_Wolf OP wrote (edited )

The concept of 'interpassivity' elaborated through this article is a useful one, imo.


temporary_ wrote

That sounds like a cool book, never heard about it before. But what did you expect from an hollywood movie? The whole industry is based on creating new unsustainable realities, as if our world wasn't already polluting enough.


deeppurplehazedream wrote

Sounds like Cultural Marxism. The culture industry as ideology/propaganda.

interpassivity in contemporary culture allows us to delegate our hopes, fears and desires for change to popular media, disempowering us and producing a fleeting feeling of empowerment in a single stroke>

key words disempowering and empowering

Don’t Look Up ends with several of the lead characters gathering around a table, holding hands and resigned to their fate. Instead of this fatalist, depoliticised acquiescence to the present, and even though it’s difficult to keep looking up when the late capitalist superhighway is speeding up in front of us, we should at least start looking around to find each other – because Netflix and chill will never be the basis for an effective environmentalist politics.

That is the question. What is "an effective environmentalist politics."

(Side note: I'm only against "Marxism" in the sense that they generally think the way to go (imo) is to get power first-then we'll dismantle it.)


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deeppurplehazedream wrote

FYI: 'Cultural Marxism' (or, originally, 'Cultural Bolshevism') is an anti-semitic term used by the Nazis to discredit Jewish philosophers and cultural critics.

I am aware of that.

The rest of what you say was sort of what I was trying to say, or at least get a little response to. So, thank you. You were much clearer and more articulate than I was, I think. I was just trying to give a little background.

My partner is a big, big movie buff, so just by osmosis I see parts of a lot of movies. Don't Look Up would not be even close to my "top 500" movies of all time. But, on the second, partial viewing, I thought a little better of it. The critics, if that means anything, are pretty evenly split (Rotten Tomatoes) whereas the audience is mid-70's for liking it.

I don't have time to develop this much as my bus is coming, but I suspect interpassivity, which I'm none to familiar with, is at least a little, suggesting maybe nihilist thinking has it's own problems as a "way to change the world". But really, what can you do with you're own "power" without turning it into some sort of violence? Mostly though, why I've been posting at all is to practice writing and hopefully getting a better understanding of my own thinking, and of course, the interaction of others. So, again, thanks.