Agonism

Finally! Stephen asks, “how interesting do you think your personal turmoil is?” Answer: Not Very! But it is “what I’m left with” (group relations perspective) when other engagement isn’t forthcoming. Not an accusation, just an observation. Not having done any in-depth study into the tragic/comic frames (I’ve been missing Li in this discussion, and the class overall this semester), it … Read more...

Well.

Last night’s democracy class was a rollercoaster, to say the least! We started on the floor in the hall, got sucked into Iris’ latest crisis and her protests of not wanting to disturb us. “They’re all disturbed,” said Stephen. “Some of us more than others,” said I. “You’ve gone over the edge,” said someone to somebody.… Read more...

Essentialisms…

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, Stephen, that you read my tortured story on human nature as about the aftermath of the election and not as a reflection of my current whole life situation. ‘Cuz in academia, that’s what we do, and you’re fulfilling your “function” in the DRP course as our instructor. Or, perhaps you elided that part “on … Read more...

suicidal ideation

“…post that stuff about disconnection, rootlessness, and interpersonal/social marginalization and how it works to give cohesion and purpose to the in-group members who need community to understand their own sense of self but also for the outgroup members who live in the interpersonal margins….
For example, if the Judeo-Christian-Buddhist-Muslim death myth is all about
being reuinted with “loved ones” or … Read more...

maybe I just don’t get it?

Stephen, it seems to me you’re doing just fine with what you call my “non-answers’ – you’ve had plenty to say about them! I appreciate that we can go at each other hard, isn’t that your favorite Kenneth Burke phrase – “sparring without parting”?
I honestly don’t know what you mean by an answer about my views on “human … Read more...

on hope and despair

On Nov 28, 2004, at 1:06 PM, Donna Halper wrote:
“…how is it that some people, Burke and Perelman come to mind in addition to Levinas, seem to somehow refuse to give in to despair no matter what was going on around them? I wish I had that optimism– or that sense of confidence that somehow things will get … Read more...

the “underbelly” of communication

Quoting from a recent email from a commgrad:
“…how many times have we read in self-help books or heard from business people that direct communication is key to success? Well, that’s not true. Lying, manipulating, and pretending are what are really key to success. How many times have you asked someone you know at work or at school if there’s … Read more...

on human nature…

My opinion on human nature is that most of us make most of our decisions based on fear. I think we’re conflicted about meeting our own needs and those of others; I think our current culture has us deeply, deeply trained to think about ourselves first – hence, anything that threatens – or appears to threaten – the self is … Read more...