The Military Subject or How to Wear Camouflage

To provide an introduction to the ‘world’ as it is right now is an inherently solipsistic and ideologically infested means of ‘manufacturing consent’. Articles of this kind will often begin by providing an expansive panorama of events that constitute the world in which the emergence of this article becomes not only necessary but also inevitable. This is of course a journalistic trick: it provides, ostensibly with the interest of providing a ‘context’, the ideological assumptions of the article as an objective, radically disinterested documentation of pressing, relevant events of which the article is not only culmination but also resolution. The trick lies in the fact that once we have been introduced to the necessary assumptions of the text, and have (whether forcefully or not) accepted them to be true, we have already accepted too much and then the article cannot be challenged from outside its own parameters (‘restrict your argument to the article, please’). Although I cannot promise any drastic disavowal of the journalistic conventions of article writing, I can forgo the strictness of introductions by providing only the key ‘tags’ of my interest and allowing the reader to freely associate the relationships amongst them and the situate them in the ‘context’ of the current ‘world’: war, militarization, patriotism, hierarchy, popular culture, code, honour, structure, ideological constitution, state.
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Political Correctness: An Ideological Polemic

Let me begin with an incision into one of my favourite TV shows simply to assure myself of my impartiality or lack thereof. I still believe, even at the end of my reading of the ideology that operates within the bounds of the cultural production and its relation to political correctness, that Scrubs remains one of my favourite TV shows simply for thematic and  formal reasons. The problem for Scrubs, in the first decade of the new millennium, was that it had to come to terms with the increasing social pressures of diversity mediated through production houses and a form of comedy that is, in its accents and style, a product of a dominantly white industry. My argument is that even when Scrubs successfully navigates through these ideological oppositions (in fact, especially when it does) it fails to attain that elusive tag of cultural multiplicity for me even as we fallaciously attach it to certain TV shows in the current decade. It is all the more troubling that cultural representation in American Television has not really received the impetus we think it has in the last seventeen years. Continue reading “Political Correctness: An Ideological Polemic”

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