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[Xmca-l] Re: Unreading Althusser
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- Thread-topic: [Xmca-l] Re: Unreading Althusser
The student couldn't do videos even though that was her original intent because of IRB problems (it is based on a PAR study using videos in a small Canadian town). So she just developed a performance troupe. I don't feel comfortable putting up her work without her permission but if anybody is interested I can give you some information off-line.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of mike cole
Sent: Sunday, February 08, 2015 12:10 PM
To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: Unreading Althusser
Hi Michael --- Glad my earlier query concerning "video gallery"
facilities finally made sense.
Would it be possible to see your student's video? Is it on Youtube?
On Sun, Feb 8, 2015 at 7:11 AM, Glassman, Michael <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Hi Annalise,
> I am not sure I understand your correlation between the video programs
> and kitsch. It seems to me Morten Nissen is critiquing the
> establishment view of the videos on a number of levels, while still
> trying to suggest that they are a better method than the more
> individualistic, traditional therapies of motivational interviewing
> and cognitive behavioral therapy. I can really sympathize, having
> spent a number of years on a research project comparing motivational
> interviewing, CBT and treatment as usual (spoiler alert, neither of
> the interventions have any real impact). And yet that is all we do.
> U-turn suggests a new method, except at least it seems to me Nissen
> fears it falling into similar traps. One of the traps is treating the
> video as an object that forces reconsideration of the user's - in this
> case Birren - life structure leading to drug addiction - at least I
> think that is what Nissen is saying. That the video becomes something
> controlled by the therapy community rather than integrated into the
> larger life scheme of the user. But I see this as a really complex
> argument. Yes, the way that Nissen describes this - as an advanced
> form of video story telling with trained videographers it does easily
> become an object rather than part of the processes of life. Whose
> video is it, the user's, the videographer's, the therapist's, the
> social work community establishment. But I think much of this has to
> do with understanding the role of this type of video storytelling,
> which is more about the community, what Nissen I think refers to as
> the collective than the individual (I think this point is kind of made at the end of the article).
> But what if it could be a different type of video, made from start to
> finish by Birren and other users. Mike's earlier request for programs
> where individuals can easily make videos makes much more sense. A
> student working on our research project did her dissertation within a
> participatory action research format in which she organized the
> homeless youth/users (the study was about addiction among homeless youth) into a performance truth.
> She also was looking to create the performance as an object that would
> lead to reflection on the structure of their lives, but I think in a
> much more grass roots, genuine way.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: email@example.com [mailto:
> firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Annalisa Aguilar
> Sent: Sunday, February 08, 2015 2:42 AM
> To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
> Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: Unreading Althusser
> Hello esteemed xmcars,
> I have done a quick reading of Morten Nissen's chapter and I would
> like to proffer that what he describes with the video production as a
> form of therapy for the drug addict (as sponsored by state programs),
> does resemble to me the very kind of interactions that happened to
> create the Kitsch in Art and how it came to be that Kitsch is the
> favorite art of dictators (see my previous post in this thread, in
> particularly I suggest in this context the essay by Greenberg as well as the WSJ article).
> It is as if what is considered hopeful (helpful), what is considered
> therapeutic(empowering), which is done to transcend the past and the
> future by being in the present, all that is erased by collapsing what
> is meaningful into a formula of the unique or of sentiment (in this
> case, hope), a kind of Möbius strip of experience as possibility,
> which ends up becoming meaningless. Is the glass half full or half empty?
> I'm being a more than a little intuitive here, knowing that I may not
> be walking on terra firma, which may not be very smart as I risk the
> concrete blocks of "dogma" crashing around my head: It is easy to
> label the original as dogma if one has adopted the stance of kitsch, I am realizing.
> Despite that risk, I sense similar patterns to Nissen's paper and
> notions of kitsch (and how kitsch is created), and while I'm unsure at
> this point of time if this observation has merit, I offer it for
> discussion with the best of intentions.
> Kind regards,
It is the dilemma of psychology to deal as a natural science with an object that creates history. Ernst Boesch.