This is a seven year old consolidation of what trinketization was supposed to be about. Asked today for a link, this still seems ok but really could do with an update after Obama and Trump. I’ll get to that soon.
For an explanation of Trinketization – never fully codified as yet – you might start with the following old posts such as:
Note 33: Trinketization is both a reductive appropriation of everything to commodification, as if that were somehow the fully articulated explanation; AND Trinketization is the proliferation of theorizations of that commodity desiccation that atomises a paralyzingly abundant fascination and desire.
And this maritime captain picture is a trinket gesture itself – you should read Paul Hendrich’s piece on the Deptford Town Hall slavery statues; also check Rosie Wright on Trafalgar Square plinth (here), and Imogen Bunting on May Day posings (here) – the three of us often talked trinkets, working out a critique of objects and their multiple meanings. The three of them really are each very much missed.