May 2, 2021
On memes and the counter-culture.
Theorist and curator Mike Watson advances the argument for "acid leftism". What is this, and why do we need a new counter-culture? Is contemporary leftism lacking a utopian imaginary?
Plus: slow memes and fast memes; the democratisation of art and media; and generations: which ones became conservative, which might not?
(00:04:15) - Interview with Mike Watson
(01:02:00) - 'Afterparty' discussion on what a counter-culture might look like today
Can the Left Learn to Meme? , Mike Watson, Zero Books
The Acid Left, YouTube channel
The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, Walter Benjamin (pdf)