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New Consensus for Old: Cultural Studies from Left to Right
by Thomas Frank
Thomas Frank has been sending wake-up calls to just about everyone within reach over the past decade, in venues from The Village Voice to Harper's. His takes on labor politics, advertising, the virtues of the Midwest, and how un-cool you really are have won him a wide audience, and in this piece, Frank gives us a reading of cultural studies—viewed by some as an important n ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published August 1st 2002 by Prickly Paradigm Press
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Good fun! Articulates in a more interesting way much of what bugs me about Cultural Studies - especially its combination of half-baked class analysis (whatever 'the people' buy must be validated at all costs) with utterly vapid sneering contests (anyone who criticises the structures of artistic production must obviously be blinded by their own class interests). The book shows the homology between many cult studs and business gurus, i.e. both talk a lot of shit.
Thomas Frank is the author of Pity the Billionaire, The Wrecking Crew, and What's the Matter with Kansas? A former columnist for The Wall Street Journal and Harper's, Frank is the founding editor of The Baffler and writes regularly for Salon. He lives outside Washington, D.C.More about Thomas Frank...