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  1. Apr 2022
    1. As a scheme, Scientology worked because it did what all successful religious grifts do: it offered an alienated social group a community and a solution to its defining problems, articulated in the vernacular of its tastes.
  2. Jan 2022
    1. And expropriation to me means something like what you, Anna, mean by ‘alienation’ (Tsing 2015Tsing, Anna Lowenhaupt. 2015. The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins. Princeton: Princeton University Press. [Crossref], [Google Scholar]: 5): a being separated from what makes you alive, a condition in which you also stop thinking, imagining, and noticin

      Dieses Konzept der Enteignung fordert nicht etwas Eigenes, sondern Beziehungen, ein Miteinander-Sein von Heterogenem, das aufeinander angewiesen ist. Entfremdung setzt hier nicht etwas Essentielles, z.B. ein Wesen des Menschen, voraus. Sie entzieht Gemeingüter und trennt damit die Einzelnen oder Individuen von den Voraussetzungen ihres Lebens—ohne dass diese Voraussetzungen immer dieselben wären und ohne dass sie als idyllisch oder harmonisch verstanden werden müssen.

      Man kann einen solchen Prozess der Enteignung auch beim Web und den digitalen Technologien beschreiben, übrigens auch dort in Verbindung mit einer Modernisierungsfront. Das Web ist ein Bereich der commons, ein Gemeingut. Die verschiedenen kommerziellen Silos nehmen den an ihm Beteiligten das Eigentum—nicht etwas, das ihnen gehört, sondern etwas, das ihnen gemeinsam ist oder ein gemeinsames Ökosystem bildet— und machen sie dann zu, wie Stengers es hier nennt, beneficiaries. Um das durchzusetzen, wird die Hardware enteignet, der frei programmierbare Rechner, und das Ganze findet im Namen der Modernisierung statt, obwohl das Web gar nicht modernisiert werden muss.

  3. May 2021
  4. Feb 2021
  5. Apr 2019
    1. repulsiven Weltbeziehung, bei der sich Welt und Subjekt sogar feindlich gegenüberstehen

      kommt vor. in extremen situationen allerdings nur: liebeskummer, depression. Entfremdung hat sonst konkretere Adressaten. neben der individuellen E. auch eine Makro-E.: eine soziale Tendenz, eine E. qua --> Paradigma

  6. Oct 2018
    1. In my case risk relates to the potential sacrifice of privilege.  By demanding that education be the practice of freedom I risk rocking what is, for the most part, an extremely comfortable boat. The truth is, I don’t ever have to do anything to combat oppression, and my life will be just fine. However, for anyone marginalised by systemic oppression, incurring risk is an unfortunate but necessary element of speaking truth to power. On the daily.
  7. Aug 2018
    1. Lewin’s famous final clause, “there is nothing so practical as a good theory,” means that understanding (theory) can guide useful action (the practical), so theory (understanding) can be empowering. A lack of meaning and under­standing of events also makes it very hard to know what one should do (norm- lessness or anomie), because it is nearly impossible to know what to do in a situation if one cannot comprehend it.

      One example of meaning/alienation is a lack of understanding which interrupts sensemaking and creates a sense of friction in how to react/behave.

  8. Jul 2018
  9. Mar 2017
    1. I never regret the eleven months which hardened my resolve, to go beyond 98 'Nos' to get to the precious, unexpected 'Yes's'. I was nobody, I was selling nothing, I could be nobody selling anything.




    2. For the next eleven months, first thing Monday morning, I listened to the moustachioed sales manager reeling off the figures before disappearing into his office. Each week, there were those whose heads dropped... There were those whose heads dropped over a period of two or three weeks consecutively... There were those who would suddenly be absent...



    3. For the next eleven months, I was deafened by the drone of a robot. Every twenty minutes or so, the robot would stand up with a pre-contract and head off down the corridor to notch up a new sale.


    4. The people on the other end were targets. They were nothing. They were nobody.




    5. I decided to colour the numbers black with a Bic biro to make dialling more of a challenge.


    6. For the next eleven months, I dialled the dial on the grey phone one hundred times per day, to make two sales.


    7. There was nothing. I was nobody. I resolved myself to make the box a job.




    8. He cared for nothing about my story.


  10. Apr 2016
  11. Dec 2015
    1. Estrangement appears not only in the fact that the means of my life belong to another and that my desire is the inaccessible possession of another, but also in the fact that all things are other than themselves, that my activity is other than itself, and that finally – and this goes for the capitalists too – an inhuman power rules over everything.
  12. Nov 2015
    1. Who is the third who walks always beside you? When I count, there are only you and I together

      In this final section of the poem, Eliot conveys the ambiguity and alienation of identity. To be exiled is to be stripped of your humanity. Eliot conveys this idea in several ways; by use of imagery and language techniques.

      Firstly, the image of the 'third walking beside you' is one that is hard to picture due to the lack of description. The 'third' appears almost like a silhouette or a shadow, which in itself creates its own connotations. Is the 'third' a replication of the character walking? or perhaps they are symbolic of the consequences of being exiled. Interestingly, the 'third' is not given a gender, we cannot tell 'whether a man or a woman' and therefore is presented as simply a 'thing'. It is this ambiguity which alienates this figure from what is happening in the poem. Readers cannot connect with the 'third'. However, we are forced to view this ambiguous figure as part of the group due to the use of the word 'third'. They are neither part of nor not a part of the party and therefore are in an inbetween state

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      In a poem that is packed with voices and narrations, this 'third' is not given any direct speech. Instead we are introduced to this silhouette through the eyes of a persona. Not only has the 'third' been stripped of identity and gender identity, but also speech, both within the poem and in the explicit words on the page.

      As the speaker walks through the ‘unreal city’ of London in THE BURIAL OF THE DEAD, he comes into contact with ghostly figures. London is populated by the dead. Each man ‘fixed his eyes before his feet’ in a synonymous manner. These men embody the ambiguity shown by the ‘third man’ and represent this sense of exile. Eliot’s use of language heightens this further with the inclusion of ‘dead sound on the final stroke of nine’. What is dead sound? And why is nine the final stroke? His diction choices convey a sense of death and banishment. The poem is ‘haunted’ by these ghosts just as the speaker is haunted by the ‘third man’ in the final section.

  13. Oct 2015
    1. Here one can neither stand nor lie nor sit There is not even silence in the mountains

      The description recalls someone who has been exiled from civilization and forced to wander a wasteland of sorts

    2. (And I Tiresias have foresuffered all

      Tiresias was transformed into a woman for seven years, a sort of "exile" from his/her original gender/identity. Could this also be a commentary on losing one's sense of masculinity in the modern age?

    3. If you don’t like it you can get on with it, I said. Others can pick and choose if you can’t. But if Albert makes off, it won’t be for lack of telling. You ought to be ashamed, I said, to look so antique.

      Lil's problems with her husband Albert reflect a superficiality and conflict of values in the modern/urban age, which can alienate/exile a person if they fail to meet those expectations. A similar problem arises in Elliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"