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19 January 2009 @ 07:09 pm
While I drink my spiced chai tea latte  
A juggernaut, yeah, that's a great big machine
from Star Wars -- or maybe a truck
Avatars are who you are in a game
and karma, we all know, is luck.

Kali's a demon; Dan Simmons should know
He went to Calcutta one year
and Soma's a drug out of Huxley. It's so
very great how inventive they were!


Sparked by some of the conversation on the What is Cultural Appropriation thread. And oddly not entirely consistent with what I've said about it. Apparently my writing brain doesn't entirely agree with my analyst brain.

ETA: I'm very sorry to do this but I'm disabling comments for now. turning off email notification on this thread and won't be checking  back on it for several days.   I  meant to disable comments, but then realized that would hide the comments that were already made, which isn't my intent at all.

This is all me and my silly head -- I need to work on a paper and won't if I keep wondering if people have said anything here.  So I  need to forbid myself lj till the paper's done.
Current Mood: amusedamused
zwol on January 20th, 2009 06:50 am (UTC)
If I understand correctly, you're saying that if you read the first ten pages of a book and then gave up, it's okay to say "I read the first ten pages of this book and hated the protagonist and gave up", but not to give the impression that you read the entire book and here in great detail is why you shouldn't read it.

Sort of like the difference between when I say "I'm not going to go see movie X because, based on the trailer, it's dumb" and when a professional movie critic says "I watched this movie, and it does not deliver sparkling characterization or a clever plot".
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on January 20th, 2009 06:55 am (UTC)
Well yes except for the authority part. I'd draw the same distinction between a professional movie critic saying "You won't see a crit of movie X because based on the trailer I'd hate it with screaming wrath" and you saying "I watched this movie the whole way through, and I hated it with screaming wrath"

My point is that those are different responses. I'm not saying one's better, just that they give different insights and should not be mistaken for one another. Conversely, I wouldn't think someone who read a whole series should comment on book 1 as though they read it in isolation either.

It's all useful information, but I think providing context accurately is really important.
zwol on January 20th, 2009 07:01 am (UTC)
Totally agree.

I only put a professional critic in the example to motivate their having stuck with the movie all the way through despite not liking it.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on January 20th, 2009 07:04 am (UTC)
And yet, when we're talking about privilege, things like that matter :)
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on January 20th, 2009 07:48 am (UTC)
I confused this thread for one I started.

Nothing I've said here has anything to do with critical reading or what Mac said. I just got all tangled up and thought I was answering something else entirely :)