“we are still monkeys”

I am so jealous of anyone who’s already done with Paula’s paper! And, I’m kinda….having fun (!) re-reading Mumford (1963) after Chris made more of it legible to me with his presentation yesterday. 🙂
I’m just over half done with the paper. I’m enjoying what I now see as a merger in Mumford of the material and the ideological, to … Read more...

shamanism

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I’ve actually had a few wild perceptions of being potentially able to alter reality – especially time – (and no, I wasn’t under any influence), but they always seem … out of ken. Not real. But here I am reading Mattelart for Paula’s class, and he quotes McLuhan…
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gregariousness

And I’ve been on such good behavior!!!
I had a revelation about “normative” this evening. For me, norms are the things people actually do, which frequently doesn’t coincide (to varying degrees) with what people say they should do – their “rules.” Interpreting is my easiest example: people set up a communicative rule to take turns. But the … Read more...

public affairs

According to Lippmann, if other human beings’ behavior “crosses” mine, is “dependent” upon me, or is “interesting” to me, then that’s a rough definition of the boundaries of “public affairs” about which one may have “public opinions” (29).
Lippmann’s summary of reasons why people wind up with disparate pictures of events, issues, etc that require some kind of decision-making seems … Read more...

categorizing theorists

The general thrust of class discussion on Day 2 seemed to be toward identifying the traditions of
Dewey – Habermas
and
Heidegger – Derrida & Levinas.
I appreciated Paula’s mode of eliciting what we thought to build toward this knowledge rather than just telling us, but now I want to “just be told!” Does anyone have a sense of which … Read more...

Lenin v. Nadiejhdine & Kritchevski

OK, so history repeats itself, right? This is what I thought reading the last section of Mattelart’s chapter 2 (p. 48-52). How to reach a wider public than those I already have regular contact with? Newspapers, serial stories, and feuilletons were used to do it in the mid-19th century, blogs may be one of the 21st’s equivalents. I have to … Read more...

emergence of technical networks

I’m thinking, only on p. 30, that it makes sense to me why so many intellectuals commit suicide. The quote by historian Douglass McKie suggests a hands-off policy from government toward business until business goes bad, when a moral discourse is invoked. The blatancy of fear-based policy decisions in the relations between nations is no less today than it … Read more...

Wittgenstein’s fly-bottle

Aha! A reference for something I’ve been struggling to explain: “logical confusions we find ourselves trapped within (like flies in a fly bottle).
If I’d read this about three years ago maybe I’d not have dug myself in so deep! No doubt the “therapeutic discourse” runs through and out of me.
Before I get on with that though, I … Read more...

the first night

I missed it! Off to a great start! 🙂 Rumor has it, though, that Paula was warm and friendly (counter to scuttlebutt about a certain degree of inaccessibility).
Our Aussie colleague missed it too – I didn’t hear from her yesterday, so I hope that means she’s en route. Does anyone know?
I know several of you said “hello” to … Read more...