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Fear of a Blank Plant


This is an essay written by Dishi Phillips when she was a final year student in Education Studies at the University of Northampton.

It was written as an assignment for the Education, Culture & Society module (EDU3004) that Dishi studied during the 2010-2011 academic year.

Dishi’s essay can now be found at The Flow of Ideas website:

Phillips, D. (2011) School Culture and Fear of a Blank Planet, an essay written for EDU3004 ‘Education, Culture and Society’, Education Studies, School of Education, University of Northampton, 10th January, online at ‘The Flow of Ideas’:

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Insurgentes – Steven Wilson



As those familiar my MySpace Blog, Wavering on Ether* will know, I am a keen fan of the music of Porcupine Tree and Steven Wilson. I bought Wilson’s first solo album Insurgentes two days ago and have since been entranced by the music. I recommend most highly this album; not only to PT and Wilson followers but to all those that like beauty, towering craftsmanship, social edge, prescience, glorious dreams and images, and care and advanced skill with production in their music.


The words “musical genius” can sometimes be thrown around lightly. However, for me, they would not be misplaced regarding the works of Steven Wilson. Insurgentes includes the dynamic and kaleidoscopic percussion work of Gavin Harrison, and a most welcome contribution from Dave Stewart on one track.


Eighteen months ago, I wrote Fear of a Blank Planet Revisited. This was inspired by and, to some extent based on, the lyrics of Porcupine Tree’s Fear of a Blank Planet album. The article shows how the B Generation of policymakers and lawgivers have visited chaos and burdens on the youth of today**.   


Steven Wilson’s MySpace Profile – where you can here clips from Insurgentes, the ‘Harmony Korine’ (a track from Insurgentes) video and an extract from the Insurgentes film, directed by Lasse Hoile:


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** Rikowski, G. (2007) Fear of a Blank Planet Revisited, 12th November, at ‘Wavering on Ether’:


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Volumizer Resurrection Eight



The Volumizer was Glenn Rikowski’s AOL blog. It was started up on 29th September 2005. On 30th September 2008, AOL announced that all of its Hometown products, including its blogs and newsletters, would be closed down on 31st October 2008. Glenn’s articles, many of which were written for his students at the Volumizer, will be preserved at The Flow of Ideas. Work has begun on this project, and the latest articles to be included are now available, as listed below:







Rikowski, G. (2007) My Tony Blair, and His Neoliberal Education Policies, 12th May, London, online at:



Rikowski, G. (2007) Edison Schools in the UK, 23rd April, London, online at:



Rikowski, G. (2007) Learning in the Earthworks of Capital@ The JCB Academy, 31st March, London, online at:



Rikowski, G. (2007) The ‘Standards’ Language-game for Schools in England Today, 26th March, London, online at:



Rikowski, G. (2007) E-learning for Free at the BBC: Jam Jammed, 16th March, London, online at:



Rikowski, G. (2007) Mrs Thatcher and Holes in the Kitchen Floor, 22nd February, London, online at:



Rikowski, G. (2007) When the Bowers Break, 22nd February, London, online at:



Rikowski, G. (2007) Ultra-Blairite, Contra Progress: Co-payment in Hospitals and Schools, 15th February, London, online at:



Rikowski, G. (2007) Socialism is not Dead, 31st January, London, online at:




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Fear of a Blank Planet
By Porcupine Tree
Release date: 2007-04-24