Paranoia and Premediation – Richard Grusin’s 1/20/09

On: January 21, 2008
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I am a lecturer and PhD candidate in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. I've been a contributor to Masters of Media since 2006, though I now only post occasionally. A short list of papers and projects can be found here


Richard Grusin has a video up called 1-20-09. Along with some others, Grusin has ‘entertained’ the fear that the Warner act of 2007 will keep George Bush in office next year (something Bush could do relatively easily and arbitrarily by claiming a state of emergency based on classified information). Grusin is putting his theoretical concept of ‘premediation’ to the test, wondering if the exposure of this scenario can pre-empt it, actually eliminating the possibility of it occuring. If premediation was able to make the Iraq war seem like a foregone conclusion, can this same tactic be used to fight back?

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One Response to “Paranoia and Premediation – Richard Grusin’s 1/20/09”
  • January 21, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Very, very interesting vid to watch. Thanks for recommending. Love those bigheaded puppets on his desk!

    Fav thoughtprovoking quotes:
    “What if the 1-20-09 bumperstickers are in error?”

    “Why do we think they’re actually gonna go?”

    “This administration has disobeyed constitution for nearly a year, why do they have to obey it now?”

    “Schools, business and media remain open […] there is Internet, e-mail, you can text… So what’s the big deal? So the president got on leave, everything else is just as it was?”

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