Rob Horning

Robert Horning has developed a substantial body of work in PopMatters' music reviews, concerts, film, and TV sections. His writing has also appeared in Time Out New York and Skyscraper. In his PopMatters column, "Marginal Utility", Rob bridges the abstract and concrete aspects of consumerism. His writing is as grounded and approachable as an everyday trip to the grocery store. Rob has a BA and MA in English Literature; his interests in social theory, economics, and sociology generates his solid background knowledge for "Marginal Utility" and informs his music reviews. For more Rob Horning, be sure to read the Marginal Utility blog.

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The Frankfurt School in Exile | 17 Sep 2009 // 3:58 PM

The positivists regarded Hegelian dialectics as metaphysical voodoo; the New York Intellectuals thought the Frankfurt School's associates were closet Stalinists.

The Cultural Logic of Computation | 23 Jul 2009 // 4:00 PM

Far from being the great liberator, computers, Golumbia insists, actually serve to fix us in the grid of global capitalism while concentrating power and shifting it upward to those who control the networks we are enmeshed in.


The Future of Intimacy Is But a Text Message Away | 1 Jul 2010 // 4:00 PM

One can't comfortably opt out of a social medium that has become part of everyone's standard reality, if you want to stay in their social sphere. With that in mind, I finally bought a cell phone.

Neurocriticism and Neurocapitalism | 22 Apr 2010 // 4:00 PM

The cutting-edge of literary studies uses brain scans and evolutionary psychology to fashion a science of reading, but these techniques have already been at work crafting the latest and most invasive phase of capitalism.


John Phillips: Many Mamas, Many Papas | 7 Nov 2010 // 2:00 PM

John Phillips' efforts to revive his career in the 1980s are awkward and emotionally fraught, but surprisingly not awful.

Modernism and the Culture of Efficiency | 12 Jan 2010 // 2:59 PM

The ideology of efficiency, as Cobley details it, can basically be summed up in the phrase Hannah Arendt used to describe Nazi functionaries: "the banality of evil".


Google and the Production of Curiosity | 1 Feb 2012 // 5:00 AM

Google, then, is the reification of the general intellect. It manages to take human curiosity and turn it into capital.

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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