Good Entertainment

ISBN: 9780262537506 Categorii: Diverse, Diverse. An apariție: 2019 Autor: Byung-Chul Han Editură: MIT Press Colecție: Untimely Meditations Tip copertă: Paperback Număr pagini: 136 Stoc: La comandă

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A philosopher considers entertainment, in all its totalizing variety-infotainment, edutainment, servotainment-and traces the notion through Kant, Zen Buddhism, Heidegger, Kafka, and Rauschenberg. In Good Entertainment, Byung-Chul Han examines the notion of entertainment-its contemporary ubiquity, and its philosophical genealogy. Entertainment today, in all its totalizing variety, has an apparently infinite capacity for incorporation: infotainment, edutainment, servotainment, confrontainment. Entertainment is held up as a new paradigm, even a new credo for being-and yet, in the West, it has had inescapably negative connotations. Han traces Western ideas of entertainment, considering, among other things, the scandal that arose from the first performance of Bach's Saint Matthew's Passion (deemed too beautiful, not serious enough); Kant's idea of morality as duty and the entertainment value of moralistic literature; Heidegger's idea of the thinker as a man of pain; Kafka's hunger artist and the art of negativity, which takes pleasure in annihilation; and Robert Rauschenberg's refusal of the transcendent. The history of the West, Han tells us, is a passion narrative, and passion appears as a killjoy. Achievement is the new formula for passion, and play is subordinated to production, gamified. And yet, he argues, at their core, passion and entertainment are not entirely different. The pure meaninglessness of entertainment is adjacent to the pure meaning of passion. The fool's smile resembles the pain-racked visage of Homo doloris. In Good Entertainment, Han explores this paradox.

Limba
Engleza
Autor
Byung-Chul Han
Data Publicarii
2019
Editura
MIT Press
Latime
11.4
Inaltime
17.8
Tip Coperta
Paperback
Nr Pag
136
Colectie
Untimely Meditations
Subtitlu
A Deconstruction of the Western Passion Narrative
Traducatori
Adrian Nathan West
Bic
HPX
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