The “talking about everything” that erupts like a thunderstorm over the mass audience is a special form of voracity and survives through permanent digression. It mutates into something ghostly. We find ourselves on a flat, horizontal terrain where once there were mountains. The third person, be it the traitor, the parasite or the messenger, has disappeared or merely expresses itself in the first person. But it is no longer possible to attribute anything at all to the millions of selfie facial expressions. The more techno is a modulation of machines, the more its consumers demand the selfie face called DJ. But for you to see the neo-pop star, he would have to dip his face in a liquidiser. At that moment, producer and consumer might forget to breathe, as if the air no longer needed them. There will be film footage not just of this ending, but of the end of everything, and we are already seeing it now, and its most salient feature is its apparent inability to draw a conclusion. Perhaps at some point there will only be the footage and no one left to watch it, which is the joke of course; but the light version, which is the pop that absurdly demands the ever more, will always find its audience, because what is it but our own boredom in the face of the spectacle of this never-ending end.

Humanity is so bored with itself that it uses pop music like a soft drink to hear what it is doing, the mass of songs is gigantic, the yield boring, predictable, pathetic. Consumers give it the nod. It’s like watching billions of metronomes, made more tedious, not less, by the knowledge that each one thinks it’s alive. Consumers feed on Taylor Swift, Instagram and porn, like a deep-sea sponge feeding on the plankton of simulated sociality that swoops down from above. Their murderous agony is that they are secretly perfectly content. Imagine the true that has absorbed all the energy of the false: then you have the simulation. In it, the neo-pop stars blur like water in water that disappears. And the consumer builds a home with pop in the lift, adapts to reality and at the weekend is haunted by the discomfort of vagabonding as if by a missed opportunity. The end of the story is a visit to the club. The virtual music world is neurotic to the point of implosion.

The fate of the music consumer is to merge with his surroundings, real or virtual, to disappear without feeling it, to go on like this forever because boredom precedes life – boredom as the sounding shroud of a customised immortality. Consumers are the eschatology of the non-existence of death. We are monkeys who have put their prehensile tails to a new use: Without our fear of falling, there is no need for the tails to still cling to the world, instead they wrap themselves around our throats and kill us with music that is indistinguishable from what is not music anyway.

The condensation of the over-communicated social succumbs to the same fate as American sauces, in which the natural seasoning is filtered out and the taste is resynthesized in the form of artificial flavors and consistency-preserving, preservative additives. The social is filtered to find its synthesis in the superfluous abundance of the most diverse therapeutic sauces in which we swim around – an invisible programming that falls prey to pleasure as an inorganically cancerous sociosphere of contact, control, persuasion, opinion and point of view defense. The white pornographic hyperreality, whose density matrix is increasingly condensed by the obese structure of the feedback (until it bursts?), makes any thought of a meaning-bearing structure disappear. The market-oriented multiplication of taste and eating habits as a result of the multiplication of competing product offerings corresponds to the multiplication of opinion habits as a result of the multiplication of media offerings. Like Taylor Swift.

Ultimately, a mass of taste has emerged, which, with its contrasting and differential connections – think broken and chic – levels out the last class cultures both on screen and at mass events. In the best case, each participant in the mass becomes the taste policeman of the other, whereby the specificity of each taste (ordering of fantasies in between the private and the public, whereby the latter is structure-forming) remains recognized, and this is precisely what constitutes mass taste. However, this is no longer the taste of a social class or group, but taste is ultimately produced as a texture by serial and simulative mass production. On the one hand, luxury goods will eventually be available as a simulation at Aldi, on the other hand, junk food will sooner or later become a delicacy or at least simulate it. In the age of simulation, the ecstasy of images and mass tourism, no elite can keep its taste completely exclusive and at the same time stage it publicly; rather, it is now almost the privilege of the masses to have taste attributed to them, for example in tourism. Today, the travel situation simulates Disneyland into totalitarianism, as in Venice, so that you return from the trip more kitschy than when you set off. The journey in mass tourism is a journey into kitsch. The tourist occupies beaches all over the world in order to celebrate a mixture of permanent drunkenness, orgy and children’s birthday party, interrupted by the protestant-capitalist forms of doing nothing, such as solving crossword puzzles, writing postcards, buying souvenirs or relaxing. Thus, even on vacation, habit becomes the real pleasure. On the other hand, the elite still wants to accuse the masses of lacking taste because they ignore or are unaware of exclusive indulgence, but cannot avoid admitting that today, due to a lack of time and imagination, it may be necessary to draw one’s taste inspiration from the ghettos of the subculture.

Listen to Eldrich Priest: “Our society is therefore not a digestive system—a contemplation complex—but “a channel through which sensations flow, in order to be eliminated without being digested” (110). Entertainment’s diversion is the systematic bracketing of the hesitation that consciousness is, and this bracketing is how “sensation passes without obstacles” (110). Sensation of this sort, the free-flowing sort, is essentially pure “information”—or, more accurately, it is a sheer fluctuation in the force of existing that refuses to take expression in anything more elaborate than the experience of its own occurring. For this reason, Flusser contends that ours “is a society of [sensation] channels that are more prim- itive than worms: in worms there are digestive functions” (110). Where there is simply input and output— sensation as information—there is only swallowing and shitting: no memory, no digestion, no gathering up of awareness in a difference that makes a difference. A worm, because it has no apparatus for diversion, loses the purity of sensation to the bureaucracy of its living organism. For a worm, sensation enters into an advancing matrix of vital activity and tendencies, where it feeds into already-established circuits with more or less ap- parent functionality.”

And as a symptom, a Taylor Swift is winning the race for the public’s favour. Sam Kriss writes in a blog post:

“This is what sets Taylor Swift apart from all the other white girl pop stars in her cohort, the Katy Perrys and Miley Cyruswho were her equals a decade ago and who, who knows, might even still be alive somewhere: Unlike them, she never sexualised herself. The others very obediently did everything they could to make themselves desirable, assuming that desire was an unlimited resource: it’s not. You will have noticed that Taylor Swift’s fans are singularly incapable of explaining what they actually like about her. Except that she writes her own lyrics, that it’s all so personal and relatable, that she’s so much herselfBut the rocks spinning silently in the room are themselves, too. This year, news outlets began reporting that people who had seen Taylor Swift’s Eras tour live were coming down with a strange, localised amnesia: after the concert, they suddenly realised they couldn’t remember certain things that had happened. Very scary! The BBC brought out a psychologist to explain that this amnesia is caused by too much overwhelming stimuli in too short a time for the brain to process it properly This is obvious pop-psychology drivel from a person who has no idea how a brain actually works. No: you don’t remember any specific events of the concert because there were no specific events.

I don’t think the Incels can ever adequately describe their own state, because their state is a mask that obscures what it’s really about. Likewise, I don’t think a Swiftie can ever hope to adequately understand their idol. Taylor Swift is the formless crisis of the present and the void over which everything is spun.”

Taylor Swift is the hyperreality of the influencer. She IS the look. Look in Baudrillard no longer inhales narcissism, but rather poses an offensive self-exhibition as a video image, a kind of egoism that brings all possible forms of individuality programs into play with its illustrated selfies, which not only identify the ego as a post-creative producer, but above all as an end consumer of social media. This could also be described as a self-optimizing existential and normalised striptease (not a sexual, erotic or a cute one). But thats not true either. She IS simulation as such. All energy of the false (phantasm and so on) is absorbed by her at once and disappears into the calm sea without leaving any bubbles behind. In a way you can only saywhat she is not. Not a phantasm, not a living curreny, not the traditional star (Klossowski). 1 She is the Coke Zero of pop music. (Anthony Galluzzo)

Definitely its like Freddie deBoer writes more a problem of the consumer than of Swift itself:

“She is one of the most richly rewarded and privileged people to ever walk the face of this planet, and the ambient attitude in our culture industry is that we should be ashamed that we haven’t done more to exalt her. It is madness. And yet no one seems to want to point that madness out, I strongly suspect because they don’t want to find themselves on the hitlist of those unfathomably passionate fans. But someone needs to point out that waiting in a line for five months to get concert tickets is not a charming human interest story, but rather a record of deranged and deeply unhealthy behavior. Putting a second mortgage on your house to buy concert tickets isn’t a cute sign of devotion, it’s evidence of a parasitic attachment that can only lead to long-term unhappiness. And I’m willing to guess that many other people feel the same way but are afraid to say so.”

1)In a further step, according to Klossowski, the translation of the celebrity or the star (whom Klossowski calls an industrial slave) into living money can be understood in the same way as the Marxist transformation of gold into money, whereby gold as money is exclusively opposed to all other commodities, in that the commodities express their wealth in it; at the same time, the star must become a sign of general wealth, whereby it still remains part of the wage system. The next, decisive and at the same time conceivable step would now be for the star to know how to use the general excitement directed at it, which is expressed in solvent demand, to put itself in the place of money, more precisely to embody the general equivalent (money) itself, whereby the star would actually mutate into a living coin. But gold is useless in itself, it is the money that gives value to gold, that makes it valuable. So it is not surprising that Klossowski finally talks about money as a sign again. He writes: “As ‘living money’, the industrial slave is at once a sign guaranteeing wealth and this wealth itself. As a sign, she stands for all kinds of material riches, but as wealth she excludes all other demand, if it is not the demand she represents the satisfaction of “16 In contrast to the industrial slave, therefore, living money will directly claim the status of the sign, indeed it will directly embody the sign, and by doing so, living money not only embodies the sign of abstract wealth, but also represents wealth itself with its body. However, as long as the star serves only to raise the price of any goods (sunglasses, shoes, television programmes, toothpaste, etc.), he remains what Klossowski calls an “industrial slave”. However, because the star remains the target of the masses’ desire, he still represents the unrivalled wealth and can thus, at least potentially, set himself up as living money. Money and star thus converge in pure semiotics (of money), the sign of an empty phantasm representing everything and nothing.

At the same time, both money and star represent value as a void, which here is to be understood as completely arbitrary/virtual. And this is also what Klossowski’s arbitrary/virtual value qua money in the book “The Living Coin” aims at, which is like a phantasm answering another phantasm. For Klossowski, the value-money phantasm is the better concept than the commodity fetish, both of which contain anything but subjective illusions, but are to be understood purely objectively, also in the sense of how the objects actually appear to the consumer, namely with a power/magic, i.e. endowed with phantasms that are not only based on responding to other phantasms, those of desire, but on disposing of this in all its opacity for the subject. And it is precisely this power that now exploits living money to take the place of dead money. And if prices are now largely detached from the value of goods qua abstract labour, as is the case today with branded goods, among others, and prices thus mutate purely as a result of the willingness of marketing- and advertising-seeking customers to pay, then it seems only logical to agree with Pierre Klossowski’s statement: “In the world of industrial production, it is no longer what seems to be free by nature that is attractive, but the price of what is naturally free. ” Klossowski is not primarily alluding to the fact that consumers today are prepared to pay extremely high prices for the image or information value of a product, but rather to the fact that the price of body/lust/sex/emotion is rising, especially when not everyone has the means to rent a body for sexual intercourse.




Achim Szepanski



(Republished from copyriot)




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