I absolutely reflect your feelings here, there's definitely a limit to what anyone can get done with endless, fruitless, productivity deminishing inspection. It's lucky for me that I'm in school, and have friends who're artists (though not ordinarily disposed to the kind of philosophical discussion we're starting here), and live in a city which is a hotbed of photographic contemporary art. As well, my studies in politics go a long way to informing my ideas as well (of course). Bringing my thinking into the public light here in presenting Van Lier's really great book is just a way to open up that discourse to another avenue, which is populated with people who do things much more in line with the kind of work that I like to do. There's no need to apologize for 'this' kind of discussion, I'm not unfamiliar with 'message board life' and fully recognized that we need to defend and justify our positions. It makes for a better read through for people who're unconvinced to have the convincers state their case precisely (which can only happen in response to criticism). I was unkind to be short with you, and the remark about people needing to just make up their mind is perhaps a sign that I need to take myself less seriously.
Originally Posted by batwister
I should say, for mocking the 'gateway drug,' I'm also deeply possessed by its beauty. What I wanted the OP to be was a taste of something slightly different that might hook a few of these same people, and drag us all down the hole of addiction to photography to a deeper, darker level. You bet your ass I want this place to forget eating to laugh and groan their way through Baudrillard!
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