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Overly Reductive Analogy
The question of whether academics should be punished for having personal blogs is on the same plane -- though further from its edge, I'd warrant -- as the question of whether spiritual leaders should be punished for indulging in pleasures of the flesh. To the extent that scholars constitute a secular priesthood, the desire to regulate their intellectual production overlaps with the desire to regulate the sexual reproduction of priests. What matters, in other words, is whom academics have intercourse with and whether they use the proper protection while doing it.
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hollsterhambone From: hollsterhambone Date: July 14th, 2005 04:08 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Sex and speech/writing: often overlapping activities, often compared. Nice analogy. Do we, then, all have "loose tongues?" And if academics are committing crimes against some sort of "God," what does that God look like? This is interesting. I hope you flesh this out more. [Sorry for the pun, but I couldn't help myself.]
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 14th, 2005 04:12 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I recognize the Costco-size can of squirmies that I'm opening here, but think that a problematic analogy can do more good sometimes than a neat-and-tidy one. Nietzsche would probably have replied that the God is knowledge. I'm inclined to think along similar lines, though I want to think it all through more. I do know that following Nietzsche's lead would not be a way to shore up my analogy with those people who are likely to find fault with it!
hollsterhambone From: hollsterhambone Date: July 14th, 2005 04:51 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I like dirty, unweildy analogies. I like impossible. Impossible opens more doors, creates more (re)fractions to divide and squint at.
elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: July 14th, 2005 05:18 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Wrote a comment to this but the darn thing didn't post. Gist was I liked the turn of phrase in dirty analogy--a little too much even, but mainly I liked the idea that when the terms are recognized as less fixed than they sometimes seem, both those generating and those interpreting have to do more squinty work to hold themselves accountable for how they write and read, or write their readings.

And I really like the impossible-doors-windows configuration. The Blake-lover in me loves this.
hollsterhambone From: hollsterhambone Date: July 14th, 2005 06:58 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That's exactly it! More work! And that's the part I like: the part that requires you roll up your sleeves and plunge your hands into the dirty dishwater.

Thanks for the props!
tommix From: tommix Date: July 14th, 2005 07:05 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I feel like covering my entire person with a prophylactic. But, then again, I am/am not Nick Shay.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 14th, 2005 03:24 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
He who refrains from spreading his words around is, in a sense, already covered in latex. . . :-)
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