Monthly Archives: January 2014

Ian McEwan and Intentional Fallacy

In their 1946 essay, ‘The Intentional Fallacy’, W. K. Wimsatt Jr. and M. C. Beardsley argue that a ‘poem is not the critic’s own and not the author’s (it is detached from the author at birth and goes about the world beyond his power to intend about it or control it). The poem belongs to […]

The Politics of ‘Friend Zone’

A term originating in the American sitcom Friends has undertaken a new popularity in dating culture in the past few years. The ‘friend zone’ is the imagined space where a man (invariably) who does not initiate sexual contact with a female acquaintance within a certain time frame is obliged to go. The phrase has a […]

The Mark Duggan Inquest, Politicians and Fetishistic Disavowal

Last week, an inquest jury ruled that Mark Duggan was ‘lawfully killed’ by an armed police officer, despite the fact that he was not holding a gun when the policeman fired, and that the police procedures that led up to the shooting were conducted inadequately. In the reaction that followed there was anger and confusion at […]

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Brecht, Benjamin and Bad Service

There has been a recent return to stressing the importance of good customer service in supermarkets and department stores. Customer service is once again regarded as the integral part of the contemporary consumer experience. Witness a figure such as Mary Portas, the television celebrity and self-styled ‘Queen of Shops’, who states that she is ‘waging war on […]

On Žižek Writing for The Guardian

Over the last few years it has become increasingly prominent and publicized that Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek, to whom Everyday Analysis is much indebted, has been writing regularly for The Guardian. The collaboration is benefitting both, making The Guardian seem to be a space for truly radical thought, and making Žižek seem to be in […]

Talking Behind the Back

Person A and Person B are working side by side in an office. “Apparently”, remarks A, “I’m the office Simon Cowell”. B, busy and slightly distracted, is nonetheless intrigued by the remark, feeling that it does obscurely sum something up about A’s personality. A repeats the remark, slightly pettishly this time, only for B to […]