Friday, October 06, 2006

Carnival of Crime

"Bakhtin, in his discussion on the need for carnival, saw that “capitalism created the conditions for a special type of inescapable solitary consciousness” ; a solitariness caused, according to Weber, by “puritan ... ascetism turned against one thing: the spontaneous enjoyment of life and all it had to offer”. This spontaneity is where identity is forged. Without it we feel strait–jacketed and shoe–horned into a constricted way of life, where consumption is central and where to ‘have’ is to exist and where to ‘have nothing’ is to be nothing."

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