'What's the Use?' Cultural studies and the religion of the useful

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dc.contributor.author Grace, H
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-20T13:01:51Z
dc.date.issued 2003-01
dc.identifier.citation Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 2003, 17 (4), pp. 397 - 409
dc.identifier.issn 1030-4312
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/1017
dc.description.abstract There is nothing which is absolutely useful or absolutely harmful. There are only those things which are used and those things for which a use has not yet been found (Eisenstein, 1988, p. 72). Useless Stock The problem of uselessness began for me around 1985 in an article by Tony Bennett called 'Really useless knowledge: a political critique of aesthetics' (Bennett, 1985). Already by that stage I was heavily invested in aesthetics and I also held some preference shares in a new field, not yet fully developed, called cultural studies. Original assays had indicated that there was gold, but the quality of it had not been fully determined. I was reluctant to abandon the aesthetics investment just because some bad publicity had made the market nervous. I knew that the risk I was taking in holding onto the stockwhich I rated as blue chipcould result in my becoming 'really useless' at some stage, which would mean I could lose everythingbut these are the risks you take in that futures trading business we call life. I also knew that with the flick of a switch, anyone could be useful or useless in this game of reversals, anyone could be in or out. To be in, you only needed to be useful according to the latest measure of usefulness, like a 'Standard and Poor' index, which comes out of the blue and tomorrow it was likely you would become useless anyway, because the measures kept changing. Indeed, this constant change was itself the very motor or entrepreneurial activity of a new growth industry: the uselessness production industry, which is founded on the desire to be useful. Its main activity is the identification and measurement of wasted time and energy and the transformation of human resource into dead wood, which can then be chipped and exported.
dc.publisher Carfax Publishing
dc.title 'What's the Use?' Cultural studies and the religion of the useful
dc.type Journal Article
dc.description.version Published
dc.parent Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies
dc.journal.volume 4
dc.journal.volume 17
dc.journal.number 4 en_US
dc.publocation Oxfordshire, UK en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 397 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 409 en_US
dc.cauo.name Writing and Cultural Studies en_US
dc.personcode 024532
dc.description.keywords Science & Technology
dc.description.keywords Technology
dc.description.keywords Automation & Control Systems
dc.description.keywords Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
dc.description.keywords Engineering
dc.description.keywords AUTOMATION & CONTROL SYSTEMS
dc.description.keywords observers
dc.description.keywords nonlinear systems
dc.description.keywords state and input estimation
dc.description.keywords CHAOTIC SYNCHRONIZATION
dc.description.keywords OUTPUT-FEEDBACK
dc.description.keywords OBSERVERS
dc.description.keywords STABILIZATION
dc.description.keywords DESIGN
dc.description.keywords Cultural Theory
dc.description.keywords Media Studies
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pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
utslib.collection.history General Collection (ID: 346) [2015-05-15T14:11:31+10:00]
utslib.collection.history Closed (ID: 3)

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