Yesterday, Brooklyn Vegan ”told me” that Major Lazer - aka Diplo and Switch - are back in Jamaica working on a follow up to 2009’s still hip, Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do, bearer of the still dominant dance floor stand out Pon de Floor.
I spent some time on the Mad Decent website after hearing of this news, and while I won’t bore you with every detail of the record label’s sprawling online presence, since this is a tumblr after all I’d be remiss to not direct you towards Diplo’s Top 50 Hot Girl Tumblrs.
Oh and if you read all that stuff I wrote about art and philosophy yesterday, here’s a possible counter-argument. This article by fellow New School’r Patricia de Vries discusses the dialectical photography of fictional archive making and the space between fiction and non-fiction in photography. After reading it against my comments from yesterday I still wonder if we can call the work itself philosophicalwithout a discussion of it, or if it is the discussion of photography that is the philosophy.
Well for those that like where I’m going with this - that is living up to the name of the blog - I’d offer some more food for thought, this time in audio format. On October 22, 2009, Jurgen Habermas, Judith Butler, Charles Taylor, and Cornel West met at SUNY-Stony Brook to discuss secularism and the power of religion in the public sphere. Their lectures were all recorded and the audio is available here. Habermas is a little difficult to make out, but if you want to read his remarks you’ll have to buy the book that resulted from the conference. Charles Taylor’s discussion in particular is quite relevant to my interest in piecing together a workable balance between religion and politics in the West and beyond.