Of newspapers, migration, and finding happiness
Among the different ways in which Marx described the crisis of capital accumulation (overproduction, the law of diminishing returns, etc.), there is one that goes largely unrecognized: the workers’ desertion of the factory.
Paolo Virno –About Exodus
There was a time, not long ago, when one eagerly picked the day’s newspaper in the morning with the feeling that it was a sort of magic object that contained the world. Not only because journalists narrated the joys and disasters of the day, but to a great extent because of the exuberance and timeliness of everything else inside: current movie listings and reviews, art shows, judicial news, sporting results, opinion columns, the stock market and exchange rates, ongoing comic strips, fresh crossword puzzles; even the recently deceased were made relevant one last time. The newspaper was a unique heterotopia (Foucault 1986) that compressed the social space; a sort of ephemeral aleph that allowed you to hold the Zeitgeist in your hands thus infusing a comforting sense of orientation within the daily labyrinth. The crisis of newspapers perhaps really is the result of the fact that, due to the explosion of information technology, most of those attached features now feel redundant, and the whole magic is gone.