It's a decent effort, and also has the decency to quote me (as indeed most of these pieces do, either from the book or approaching me direct for soundbites).
Nonetheless, and ironically, it does have a little bit of the air of the retread about it, let's be honest. Recapitulating points in the book or in the articles I wrote around the book.
But I suppose - and I'm repeating myself here too - this is where we are at: deadlock. The same conditions persist; the same critiques get run and rerun.
One interesting thing alluded to in the DJ Louie XIV piece that was new to me was this keynote speech lecture given by Malcolm McLaren at the Handheld Learning Conference, not long before his death (his last public talk, in fact). Titled "Reflections on Learning", it riffs on what he calls Karaoke Culture - i.e the practices of recycling, reenactment, parody, fan-fiction, mash-up....
Techniques, McLaren notes wryly and dryly, that are "all unencumbered by the messy process of creativity".
Interesting that McLaren refloats the concept of authenticity as the opposite of all that recreativity cack:
"It's about discovering, I suppose, something that is real - that can only be achieved through a struggle - that adores, romanticizes, and actually makes that 'messy process' a romantic and noble pursuit"
McLaren explicitly connects Karaoke Culture's "everything is for sale" worldview with the attempts of Tony Blair to "rebrand" the U.K.
Recreativity as the noncultural or anticultural superstructure to Third Way managerialism / finance capital 's substructure.
Both equally vaporous. Simulacrum, through and through.
"Authenticity" - and I've been saying this for years on the other blog - is a concept that "we" are all too educated and self-conscious to have any truck with... I remember being embarrassed by the concept and repelled by the word (authentick - yuck!) in all its earnest dourness back in the 1980s.... But it is nonetheless an indispensable concept.... a concept, that far from being on its last legs, is going to have a comeback.