Here is a thought that occurred to me while reading the Jonathan Crary article.

Session 02: De/constructing the video vision

Required readings:

Goodwin, Charles, and Marjorie Harness Goodwin. “Contested Vision: The Discursive Constitution of Rodney King.” In The Construction of Professional Discourse, edited by Britt-Louise Gunnarsson, Per Linell, and Peter Nordberg. Language in Social Life Series. London: Longman, 1997. [link]

Crary, Jonathan. “Introduction.” In Suspensions of Perception: Attention, Spectacle, and Modern Culture, 1–10. MIT Press, 2001. [link]

Complementary readings / media:

Bernstein, Robin M. “Rodney King, Shifting Modes of Vision, and Anna Deavere Smith’s Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992.” Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, 2000.

Foucault, Michel. “Orders of discourse.” Social science information 10, no. 2 (1971): 7-30. [link]

YouTube. “Rodney King Beating.” [Highly disturbing and sad. Viewer discretion advised]