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Reality Checkpoint

Cambridge is the academic Disneyland. It is screaming for its Ballard to write Super-Cambridge that maps the perverse libidinal economies (connected to the monetary economies) which circulate here.

One of the fascinating points, or lines in Cambridge is the so called reality checkpoint.

It has got a long history, partly documented already on Wikipedia as well but it captures so well on an affective level as well the fine divisions found in Cambridge. After crossing Parker’s Piece, heading towards the centre, you are warned of the approaching bubble disconnected from the real world (again: Academic Disneyland). Quite often the original 1970s context for reality checkpoint pointed towards the difference between Cambridge undergrads and the “normal people” of Cambridge, but as apt is the fact that it apparently was first scratched on the lamp post by CCAT — now Anglia Ruskin — student(s).

And I always add that the other university might have their Nobel Prize winners etc. ARU heritage comes with Pink Floyd members (David Gilmour and Syd Barrett studied at our predecessor).

Oh, would that be the day if we had a “David Gilmour chair in sonic media”, or a “Syd Barrett chair in experimental media studies.”

Categories: Cambridge, Pink Floyd
  1. September 27, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    >Well said mate. The problem is that though the old "Polys" were hotbeds of much needed reality checking, as well as much needed critique, they are far less so now. I wish you luck in bringing this back to Anglia. I sincerely hope you succeed.

  2. September 27, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    >Yup Robin, not having any big illusions (or would need a reality check myself), but one needs to affirm what one has and try to think through that! 🙂

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