1. Colbert, imo, trolls the Asian American social justice community and so, even though I want to support vicious satire as a writer, he’s just being a dick. I guess we can argue about satire, but the CR is trolling and got caught trolling.
2. The more distance we get from this incident, the more…
I’ve been getting lots of questions on Genderqueer Identities in regards to coming out lately. I continue to welcome questions, but I would also like to make a masterpost of resources I tend to recommend to people - this is a work in progress. Please note, you should not feel…
For a thinker committed to a conception of both individual and collective histories as essentially staccato movements, as propelled by sharp breaks and ruptures thwarting consistency through repeatedly introducing irreparable discontinuities, Lacan detects the suspect assumption of too much substantial, underlying temporal continuity dwelling at the heart of the ontogenetic/phylogenetic couplet - a couplet he sees as indissociable from a problematic, nonpsychoanalytic developmental psychology of well-ordered, sequential stages organically flourishing out of a preordained (perhaps “natural”) program.
At one point, he compares the recapitulationst version of the ontogeny-phylogeny link to the protorationalist Socratic-Platonic doctrine of reminiscence, and epistemological doctrine resting on an ontological theory of a unified soul harmoniously enmeshed with the organic polis, the enveloping cosmos, and the timeless heaven of pure forms.
The grading process is oppressive for most students, especially those who aren’t conformist and bourgeois. How does grading affect teachers? Perhaps it’s fair we don’t consider teachers in this way all too often. In many cases, teachers gleefully “grade” students as if to be graded is in the…
I’ve been telling a lot of folks on line that I was going to offer my $.02 on a wide array of topics for months, and so far I have, sadly, failed to deliver on that promise. Tonight, I’m going to see if I can get the wheels turning again.
My vintage 2006 Macbook Pro finally died last week, and my…
“That said, stereotypes aren’t so much about people totally projecting things that completely aren’t there but about people having a framework with which they interpret things that actually are there. It’s not that racism causes people to see (for example) belligerent teenage boys where there are none, but that a white belligerent teenage boy is just seen as himself while a black belligerent teenage boy is part of a pattern, a script, and when people blindly follow the scripts in their head that leads to discrimination and prejudice. So yeah, it is a fact, I think, that I was a bit off-putting in my Jeopardy! appearance—hyper-focused on the game, had an intense stare, clicked madly on the buzzer, spat out answers super-fast, wasn’t too charming in the interviews, etc. But this may have taken root in people’s heads because I’m an Asian and the “Asian mastermind” is a meme in people’s heads that it wouldn’t have otherwise.Look, we all know that there’s a trope in the movies where someone of a minority race is flattened out into just being “good at X” and that the white protagonist is the one we root for because unlike the guy who’s just “good at X” the protagonist has human depth, human relationships, a human point of view—and this somehow makes him more worthy of success than the antagonist who seems to exist just to be good at X. So we root for Rocky against black guys who, by all appearances, really are better boxers than he is, because unlike them Rocky isn’t JUST a boxer, he has a girlfriend, he has hopes, he has dreams, etc. This comes up over and over again in movies where the athletic black competitor is set up as the “heel”—look at the black chick in Million Dollar Baby and how much we’re pushed to hate her. Look at all this “Great White Hope” stuff, historically, with Joe Louis. So is it any surprise that this trope comes into play with Asians? That the Asian character in the movie is the robotic, heartless, genius mastermind who is only pure intellect and whom we’re crying out to be defeated by some white guy who may not be as brainy but has more pluck, more heart, more humanity? It’s not just Flash Gordon vs. Ming the Merciless, it’s stuff like how in the pilot episode of Girls Hannah gets fired in favor of an overachieving Asian girl who’s genuinely better at her job than she is (the Asian girl knows Photoshop and she doesn’t) and we’re supposed to sympathize with Hannah. Okay, here’s one more comment from the Internet that kind of encapsulates it. The kind of un-self-awareness of what someone is saying when they say they’d prefer I not win because I try too hard at the game, work too hard at it, care too much about it, and that they’d prefer that a “likable average Joe” win. This is disturbing because it amounts to basically an attack on competence, a desire to bust people who work very hard and have very strong natural gifts down in favor of “likable average Joes”—and it’s disturbing because the subtext is frequently that to be “likable” and “average” you have to have other traits that are comforting and appealing to an “average Joe” audience, like white skin and an American accent.”— Arthur Chu to Ken Jennings (via pushinghoopswithsticks)
“…my views about work are governed by nostalgia for an age that has not yet come into being, in which, for the worker, the craft satisfaction that arises from conscious and purposeful mastery of the labor process will be combined with the marvels of science and the ingenuity of engineering, an age in which everyone will be able to benefit, in some degree, from this combination.”—Braverman, Harry, Labor and Monopoly Capital: The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century , NY: Monthly Review Press, 1998, p.5 (via fuckyeahdialectics)
This is what the sequence of crucifixion in Scorsese’s film shows us. What dies on the crossis precisely this guarantee of the Big Other. The message of Christianity is here radically atheist. It’s the death of Christ is not any kind of redemption of commercial affair in the sense of Christ suffers to pay for our sins.
Pay to whom? For what? And so on. It’s simply the disintegration of the God which guarantees the meaning of our lives. And that’s the meaning of that famous phrase:
Father, why have you forsaken me? Just before Christ’s death, we get what in psychoanalytic terms we call subjective destitution.
Stepping out totally of the domain of symbolic identification, cancelling or suspending the entire field of symbolic authority, the entire field of the Big Other. Of course, we cannot know what God wants from us because there is no God.
This is the Jesus Christ who says, among other things, I bring not peace. If you don’t hate your father, your mother, you are not my follower. Of course this does not mean that you should actively hate or kill your parents. I think that family relations stand here for hierarchic social relations.
The message of Christ is I’m dying but my death itself is good news. It means you are alone, left to your freedom, be in the Holy Ghost, Holy Spirit, which is just the community of believers.
It’s wrong to think that the second coming will be that Christ as a figure will return somehow. Christ is already here when believers form an emancipatory collective. This is why I claim that the only way really to be an atheist is to go through Christianity. Christianity is much more atheist than the usual atheism which can claim there is no God and so on but none the less retains a certain trust into the Big Other, this Big Other can be called natural necessity, evolution or whatever.