The artificial is always a copy of a copy, which should be pushed to the point where it changes its nature and is reversed into the simulacrum (the moment of Pop Art)
—Gilles Deleuze

This the website for Dr. Thomas' Thought and Image course (HUM 425). This course thinks the historical present through the analysis of diverse forms of visual expression—including Pop Art, film, video games and digital media—together with readings in social theory and philosophy. We will study melodrama in order to articulate the limits of gender, race, and class (and introduce students to the concept of mise-en-scène). We will think control, in contrast to modern discipline, as a paradigm for the historical present, and will ask what it means to think film and the "post-cinematic" in a digital era. Through all of this we will ask ourselves: what are the limits imposed by our present social world, and how, after elucidating these limits, can we think about going beyond them?