Given the way the humanities are going in the UK, perhaps such unofficial
pedagogical channels are not irrelevant...
On Thu, July 7, 2011 23:10, Frank, Michael wrote:
> i realize that this post is, at best, tangential to the regular concerns
> of this list-serv, but the issue i want to flag pressed so many of my
> buttons that i feel the need to share it with others who might have
> similar concerns . . . . it may suggest that filmosophy is much hotter
> and sexier than we ever imagined . . . in any case it's summer time and a
> change of pace might not be out of order . . . so . . . . today's new york
> times has a feature article about someone named bebe zeva . . . the
> times identifies ms. zeva as "a teenage fashion blogger, journalist and
> model based in Las Vegas" whose aims in life are "being 'extremely
> relevant' and 'well known'" aside from the peculiar use of "relevant"
> that's all pretty old hat . . . but here's the kicker: the story ends
> with an account of our relevant teenage blogger trying to choose which
> party to attend . . . here's the passage from the times: Ms. Zeva and her
> friends "were choosing between two parties to attend, one given by . . .
> musician friends in Bushwick and another at the offices of Verso Books .
> . .
> "Which party will have the more relevant people?" Ms. Zeva asked.
> "Verso publishes Slavoj Zizek."
> Ms. Zeva is an admirer of the Slovenian philosopher. "Will he be there?"
> she asked. "Probably not."
> The crowd hailed cabs and went to Bushwick.
> . . . at the risk of opening up some doors perhaps best left closed i
> want to ask what it means for all of us when a teenage fashion blogger
> and model "admires" zizek . . . perhaps she reads him while she's waiting
> to have her make-up done . . . if that's what it takes to get,
> appreciate, and admire zizek then maybe we all ought to try it . . . can
> hardly be less effective than the more traditional routes i've taken over
> the years . . . or are these just the all too typical fruits of
> post-modernism? . . . i hope not but how can you tell?? mike
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