Postmodernism Generator

Found via an entry in Sébastien Paquet’s blog: Postmodernism Generator. The source is another blog, Martin Terre Blanche’s Collaborative Learning Environments. The bit Seb picked out from Martin’s posting is worth repeating here:

One tends to think of Google as a tool for locating some particular thing (say a good academic paper on critical psychology in South Africa), but I suspect that most Google searches have as much to do with getting a feel for context as with locating something specific.

…an exemplar of the ways in which exploring this medium gooses me into thinking differently about the quotidian…
Reading further, there’s a great deal here that I find especially resonant at the moment. Another bit, Martin’s comment on a comment, says just beautifully what I’ve been thinking myself but hadn’t found the eloquence to articulate:

It could be fun to be read by zillions of people, but the real reason I write is not because I hope to reach a large audience. In a way putting one’s stuff on the internet is to already have such an audience. Writing here is a way of being in conversation with a few million others out there, contributing my part to the what is being said, without demanding that everybody must suddenly shut up and listen to me exclusively.

Later in the day, happened upon this by my highschool-era friend Matt Cartmill (incidentally, one of the dedicants of Heinlein’s Rocket Ship Galileo [1947]):

As an adolescent I aspired to lasting fame, I craved factual certainty, and I thirsted for a meaningful vision of human life – so I became a scientist. This is like becoming an archbishop so you can meet girls.

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