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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