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Construction Temporarily Halted Pending Environmental Impact Study
I'm suffering through a strange form of doubt. For many years, I've championed attempts to bridge the gap between the academy and the public sphere. My decision to start blogging, for example, originated in a desire to experiment in the construction of a space "in between" scholarly discourse, journalism and personal correspondence. Lately, though, I've been having a hard time fighting back the the urge to pull back from the fray. To give one example, I've spent the past two weeks pondering how to respond to an exchange here on LJ that seems important to me from the standpoint of ideological back-and-forth. But there's something inside me, its voice mounting steadily in volume, asking why I should spend so much of my time seeking to build bridges that my interlocutors are unprepared or unwilling to cross. And I recognize, too, the aggression latent in such efforts, however well-meaning they appear on the surface. The bonds bridge-building is intended to create don't simply function to funnel good feeling from one side to the other. They are just as good for transporting troops -- and tropes -- across the roiling waters far below.

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cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 4th, 2007 05:44 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It's an odd feeling, because I'm theoretically in favor of sustaining the sense of community that attracted me to LJ in the first place. Maybe I just need to reach out to new folks, by joining an LJ community or fishing for those with common interests. The problem is that I have difficulty sustaining an interest in relationships when I don't get to see people in person.
chefxh From: chefxh Date: May 4th, 2007 03:47 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Why is it I feel the word bonds in your writing is always a clue? *grin*
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 4th, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
You're right on the money. I almost changed the word because I was worried that it reflected negatively on the name!
pissang From: pissang Date: May 4th, 2007 03:54 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

love of one's neighbor

Sounds Lacanian or Freudian via the nebenmensch. I like that stuff because it endorses my inner cynic.

Anyway, I hope my anti-blog ranting didn't contribute to your sentiment. I was just pissed b/c I spent over two hours making a post to a listserv that I only meant to take 30 minutes on at the most. I never really mean what I say on LJ...totally.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 4th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: love of one's neighbor

Oh, it wasn't you! I know your objection to blogging in the classroom comes from a good place. It's a sound critique.

As for the Nebenmensch, well, he's getting a little too close for comfort!
kumaraka From: kumaraka Date: May 4th, 2007 11:39 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
tee hee.. troops and tropes. :)

Time to start using LJ exclusively for bitching, like the rest of us.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 4th, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I wish I could bring myself to do that. But I still feel the pressure of those largely anonymous readers of this journal who expect me to steer clear of anything so overt. Sigh.

Thanks for noting the "troops and tropes." I liked thinking of it.
schencka From: schencka Date: May 4th, 2007 03:17 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
...so your [sic] saying you hate freedom?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 4th, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

(Much praise for an extremely clever comeback)
From: e4q Date: May 5th, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)


weirdly, my terminal academic interest was liminal spaces, after which i became very much a liminal person, what with my health restrictions. interesting, but be careful what you wish for. it's a bit like dogs looking like their owners.
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