Mark Rainey: This is a short question – how do you define cultural studies? David Wilkinson: Cultural studies is, or it should be, a political intervention by left intellectuals on questions of culture. That is its history and this is a history that I don’t think is looked at with enough detail nowadays. If the political commitment isn’t there, then it is not cultural studies, really. I also think that it’s original aims of democratising culture and making it relevant is still crucial to a definition of cultural studies. MR: It’s the political aims that define it for you. But what are those political aims? DW: The analysis of culture as ‘lived’ within society. The analysis of how it is economically produced. And the connection between culture and consumer capitalism. That’s a massive aspect of cultural studies. There is also all the advances in looking at the questions of race, gender, sexuality and class and of course colonialism and post-colonialism.

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Muchos años más tarde sabrá, gracias a evidencias sucesivas, que lo que otros llaman el alma humana nunca tuvo ni tendrá lo que otros llaman esencia o fondo, que lo que otros llaman carácter, estilo, personalidad, no son otra cosa que repeticiones irrazonables acerca de cuya naturaleza el propio sujeto que es el terreno en que se manifiestan es quien está más en ayunas, y que lo que otros llaman vida es una serie de reconocimientos a posteriori de los lugares en los que una deriva ciega, incomprensible y sin fin va depositando, a pesar de sí mismos, a los individuos eminentes que después de haber sido arrastrados por ella se ponen a elaborar sistemas que pretenden explicarla, pero por ahora, cuando recién acaba de cumplir veinte años, cree todavía que los problemas tienen solución, las situaciones desenlace, los individuos caracteres y los actos sentido.
These profitable open-culture enterprises provide content for free and bankroll their platforms with ads. Yet as technologist Jaron Lanier argued in his 2010 book You Are Not a Gadget, the world of open culture as it exists today is an intensely unequal one, in which much of the creative and intellectual class is obliged to surrender its work to the web for no or minimal compensation. Those who profit from this arrangement are the aggregators who run the go-to websites that make goods available for free or at cut-rate prices. The profitable future envisioned by Udacity and Coursera, we can assume, would be one in which they aggregate educational content in a similar manner.