April 2009


When I look at the music teenagers are listening to in 2009, it looks curiously thrown together without history. They never know when something is clearly derivative, and when it is original, and they are just as happy with a third remake as they are with the source. But then I realize that I am like that too. Watching a movie like Lebowski, I am ignorant of the multiple layers of quotation (Busby Berkely, anyone?) he uses. We are awash in cultural detrius and quotation.

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They are: Vision and Language. Through each of them we believe we see clearly. With language, we call it understanding. But either way, it is the base faith we have in a constant objective exterior. They are highly overrated, and they prevent us seeing how awash we are in an ambiguous condition. Sense-making, but not finding bedrock.