Sunday, May 15, 2005

Ssshhhh!! Our Intellectuals Are Speaking!!

Are you paying big bucks to send your kids to college and study under "the best and brightest?" Do you rationalize that tuition-paying second mortgage with the idea that your teenagers are becoming better rounded? Well, here are some gems of genius possibly awaiting them after you take that second job and dip into your retirement fund in order to send them to Ivy-Covered U.

Montreal hosted the fourteenth quadrennial World Congress of Sociology in the late northern summer of 1998. The conference marked the end of postmodernity--in a sense. A trope that had been ever present four years earlier was gone, erased (or at least rendered palimpsestic) by globalization: "and the postmodern/the postmodern and" saw their status as suffix and prefix written all over. So polysemous was globalization that it included sameness, difference, unity, and disunity--in short, globalization, like postmodernity before it, had come to stand for nothing less than life itself. As such, it was of dubious analytic utility.

[Taken from this link.]

If having your status as suffix and prefix written all over just isn't your cup of tea, and if the words sameness, difference, unity, and disunity don't quite float the boat due to their dubious analytic utility, we have another prize specimen from the collection:

This has been a culturally disruptive century. At the outset, Einstein's special theory of relativity overturned the canonical, Newtonian framework within which time and space were absolute, constant, and separate, rendering them relative, changeable, and imbricated. But although humankind had its fixed frames of reference in the discourses of science displaced by a strange and virtually unfigurable space-time topos, the impact of the Einsteinian revolution on the familiar discourses operating in diverse parts of the world was relatively minimal. More profoundly affecting social life was a subsequent revolution, the increasingly rapid change from commodity to representational money 1 and the further dematerialization of the bases of exchange, as various industrialized states removed the gold backing from their currencies. It affected not only financial policy but also people's ontological security, their understanding of the nature of their attachments and situatedness in relation to value.

[Taken from this link.]

Ain't that juicy how a theory in mathematical physics is linked to "familiar discourses operating in diverse parts of the world," and people's "understanding of the nature of their attachments and situatedness in relation to value" ?
The PP knows a thing or two about the mathematics of relativity, and can assuredly state that the dropping of Einstein's theory here is nothing but a liberal salting of something objective on a pile of nonsense.

The staff and writers here at the Pedantic Protestant say in unison: Welcome to the exciting world of modern critical theory!

For a laugh, compare the writing at the links above with the possibly now-famous Postmodern Generator. Make your own conclusions. =D


Anonymous 1689 said...

It savoureth largely and foully of drivel. Drivel double-distilled, in fact. For sanity in academia, take the School of History at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England (I know the Dean very well. He once met a post-modenist who spouted about how great PoMoism is. The Dean replied: "so, what you're saying is that the Holocaust never happened?" Cue utter horror from PoMo: "No! You can't say that!!"
Dean: "But, if I believed what you believed, then I would have to say that holocaust deniers are just as correct as those who affirm that it happened."
PoMo slinks away, defeated. Hoorah for the Dean!!

Monday, May 16, 2005 11:17:00 AM  
Blogger Pedantic Protestant said...

Well, you can get my opinion of PoMo'ism from the threads below.


Monday, May 16, 2005 8:36:00 PM  

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