Monday, February 09, 2004

Welcome to the party Jonny

Welcome, Jonny. Perhaps some new perspectives could get the conversation going again. I don't have anything particular to say about your points as a whole. The only point of contention I would make is with your claim that PM won't ever be dominant in US culture. I'd say that it is already dominant, but it cannot be understood as Derrida or Foucalt would have wanted it. Just as the enlightenment, scientific thinking, and modernism was dominant in the western world. In these cases there was, and always will be, a strict divide between those who are involved in intellectual engagement and those who are involved in material production. While those in the mid-west still proclaim absolutes of country, God, and themselves, they seem to be holding these things in a very PM way. No doubt the older generations still seek to prove themselves against everyone else, but everybody else is more concerned with experiences, means of communication, and different perspectives. I'd say the battle is not between PM and M for dominant cultural world view but rather anything and material/commercial/consumerism. If this is accepted as a potential dominant worldview you may be onto something. Still, it seems like people think about these issues differently today. Like they're driven for money and success in a more PM way? I'm not sure. Anyway, I'm anxious to see what you have to say to may last post before this. In fact, I was interested in seeing what anyone had to say. Maybe we should invite someone who thinks the Gospel is about making lots of money to post with us...


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