Consumption, Performance, and 'The Agony of Eros'

Consumption, Performance, and 'The Agony of Eros'

By Gregory Smith

Byung-Chul Han argues that love, sex, and even theory are disappearing in consumer cultures because our systems of finances and behaviors erode the Other in favor of sameness. 18 Aug 2017 // 9:30 AM

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