The “X” Factor


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The Heretick

We do in fact live among pure forms, in radical obscenity, which is to say visible and undifferentiated, among figures that were previously secret and distinct. The same is true of the social, which rules today also in its pure form, that is, obscene and empty. The same for seduction, which in its actual form, has lost all risk, suspense, and magic to take the form of a faint and undifferentiated obscenity.   Seduction – Jean Baudrillard


About kulturcritic

With a doctorate in religious studies from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, Sandy had a ten-year academic career, with appointments at University of Virginia and the Colorado School of Mines. He spent the next twenty years in executive ranks at several of America’s largest international firms, including Computer Sciences Corporation, Ernst & Young, and General Electric. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe and North America, as well as parts of Eurasia and Africa. For the past five years Sandy has been living in Western Siberia with his wife and young child, teaching at the Pedagogical University and the Altai Institute for Law and Economics in Barnaul, Russia. Published works include VERONIKA: The Siberian's Tale (a novel), (Islands Press 2011) Apocalypse Of The Barbarians: Inquisitions On Empire (Islands Press, 2010), The Recovery of Ecstasy: Notebooks From Siberia (Booksurge, 2009), Recollective Resolve: A Phenomenological Understanding of Time and Myth (Mercer University Press, 1987), Ethical Decisionmaking Styles (Addison-Wesley Press, 1986), and Gandhi in the Postmodern Age: Issues in War and Peace (CSM Press,1984).
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2 Responses to The “X” Factor

  1. Jack Waddington says:

    It depends on what we mean by obscene. Sex was once considered obscene … but everyone did it … well nearly everyone … there were those that resisted it … best they could.

    If everything is now discussable … we might begin to see that we are all just as bad (or good) as one another … depending upon what we might consider bad … or good.

    Jack Waddington

    • the Heretick says:

      “Sex was once considered obscene”, yes it was, once upon a time in the west, but no matter the arrangement there are still two feeling people, this is into the beyond, total information awareness, no boundaries, the conversion of everything into transparent code.

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