Wicker King (jtoomey) wrote,
Wicker King
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By Way of Example:

Regarding: How to Deconstruct Almost Anything--My Postmodern Adventure, by Chip Morningstar:

While interesting, this text divides the world quite baselessly into two disparate camps, "the literary critics," and "the rest of us." It is quite obvious that the author has judged the literary intellectuals as the lacking half, as those in need of intervention:
It is clear to me that the humanities are not going to emerge from the jungle on their own. I think that the task of outreach is left to those of us who retain some connection, however tenuous, to what we laughingly call reality. We have to go into the jungle after them and rescue what we can. Just remember to hang on to your sense of humor and don't let them intimidate you.

Why would he need to make this distinction? He describes himself quite clearly as a technical professional, and he needs have no truck with the professionals upon whose concern he purports to act. In fact, typical Americans -- hell, typical humans -- are going to have very little cause to consider these concepts during the course of their typical lives. Mr. Morningstar's intent is, instead, to, by seeding these concepts in a wider scope of minds, foster a larger-scale application of the concepts of Deconstruction and Postmodernism. His notability hinges on the existence and perfusion of these concepts, and he acts as their champion while wearing the guise of their foe.
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