I really like this photo – it’s from Dominic’s Pics on Flickr and I’m using it to represent “choice”. I chose to do that. Anyway, perhaps I should just get on with some interesting links:
Choice has been a big idea in public services for some time but I think it’s a bit of a nonsense. If you have a spare 30 minutes you might want to check out this video – a presentation by academic Renata Salecl, who looks at choice from a sociological and psychoanalytical angle. She suggests choice leads to dissatisfaction as we are always trying to make the ideal choice and it also involves loss as if we are choosing something we are losing something else. She also suggests the idea of personal choice has undermined social change. People have been pacified because they focus on critiquing the implications of their own choices rather than the state of society as a whole.
I spotted it first on the Situationist blog.