Re: unusual language [postmodernism]

Bob King (kingbx@HAMLET.UNCG.EDU)
Wed, 9 Oct 1996 14:38:22 -0400

On Wed, 9 Oct 1996, Eric Crump wrote:

> disrupting the privileged position of 'defining' is understandably scary,
> but it presents many new possibilities, making it worth the risk.

"Disrupting" maybe deserves some definition? :) What's the character of
the disrupting process? Does definition go away and never come back? I
tend to think stressing the unstructured aspect of pomo leads to either
extreme of nihilism or happy-no-matter-what-ism. Defining enters the
picture from the periphery, or "emerges" from interactivity -- I agree
that it's no longer privileged -- but it does enter. Donna Haraway talks
about "taking responsibility for the creation of boundaries." I tend to
think that experiencing the disruption of definition's privilege is scary,
as is the task that then presents itself -- how to re-instate the role of
definition/boundary setting when there are no paint-by-number rules. Sort
of a dialectic of liberation and ethical responsibility? hmmm. .