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How to Talk Through Your Hat (5)

Can it be sheer coincidence that this standardization of thought and expression in both visual and verbal modes came out of the same environment? I think not. They emerged at almost exactly the same time, from within the same hothouse ― the international post-secondary art-education system. Their virtually simultaneous birth merely manifests that sheltered microcosm’s belated recognition of something the hardscrabble working class has known for millennia: bullshit makes effective and inexpensive fuel, and if everyone’s using it the smell soon goes unnoticed. […]

How to Talk Through Your Hat (3)

It’s conceivable that any given postmodernist text you happen upon in print came from The Postmodernism Generator, a website that generates endless postmodern essays via an algorithm. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, as Seinfeld would say, since postmodern theory hypothesizes that no original ideas exist, only recycled ones. A recycling machine for the standardized locutions of postmodernist theory comes as a logical extension of that philosophical position. […]