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Making fun of post-modernism
Posted by: Billy Hollis on Friday, July 18, 2008

It appears I'm not the only one who finds post-modernist literary deconstruction to be worthy of nothing but contempt:

The cartoon reminded me of (and was possibly inspired by) the Sokal hoax. Of course, the post-modernists try to handwave away the fact that their writings are so nonsensical that they can't tell a spoof from the real thing. But then, I've yet to meet anyone who takes post-modernism seriously and also has a recognizable sense of humor.

By the way, if you like esoteric humor, xkcd is one of the very best places on the web to get it.
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I had a run in with this crap, but more in the area of History. (strong deconstructionist movement in historical analysis. )

There is one professor at my university who is a total idiot. She still hasn’t caught on that the rest of the history department laughs at her. Unfortunantly she has power over students. I had to regurgitate some of her crap about civil war history writing. But I was careful to couch it in terms of: "Some people believe" and "It has been stated" without saying I actually agreed.
Written By: kyleN
I love xkcd.

Randall (the author) does support Obama, but nobody’s perfect.. :)
Written By: kevin r
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Reminds me of the recent CBS Sunday Morning piece about a modern ’artist’ who’s a dog. His art amounts to scratching, biting, licking, and pawing at carbon paper that’s taped over a canvas by his owner. His fans know he’s a dog yet still spend thousands of dollars buying his pieces and weave together admiring explanations about the complexity of his ’work’.
Written By: Eric Chen
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There is one professor at my university who is a total idiot. She still hasn’t caught on that the rest of the history department laughs at her. Unfortunantly she has power over students.
Well, if you changed "she" to "he", and "history" to "political science", the situation you describe would sound eerily familiar.
Written By: Billy Hollis
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As an English grad this hits home completely with me. I enjoy literature (even post-modernist literature) but I can’t stand the shallow, pretentious "analysis" of it that occupies so much of every literature class. It’s not bad to analyze something—but the way its done is so self-aggrandizing and snobby it makes me ill. Besides, I’d much rather read a good fantasy novel and just enjoy it for what it is.
Written By: E.D. Kain

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