Deconstruct Reality

IMAGINING REALITY
educated imagination
magic realism
metafiction
ideologypoorfiction

Try this fiction: ...
How true is this fiction?

Dr. Suess's "And to Think that I Saw It on Mulberry Street" celebrates the imagination and ridicules the positivistic Voice of the Patriarchy who shuts down the boy's imagination and demands to know what the boy really saw. 

bakhtin - carnivalesque mode - restoration or permanent revolution
baudrillard - the map precedes the territory; incredulity towards metanarratives; hyperreal simulacra
gramsci - hegemony bludgeon willful subjugation.

Modernism: "I think, therefore I am". 
Post-modernism: "I am whatever I think I am".

God is dead, so so is positivism (the belief in reason's ability to know that God doesn't exist)
-Truth is not knowable, so imagine your own world.
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-Imagination is self-conscious fiction. 


-The marvellous, the magic, and the fantastic also remind us that much of our way of life is a bad fiction, created by the limited imaginations of poor fiction-makers such as politicians, corporate tycoons, multinational conglomerates. If we stop believing in it is it still real? -Andre Breton.
de Bono on creativity: only rational in retrospect

William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
He distinguishes willful fancy from belief in the supersensory when he writes: "thus Priesthood began, choosing forms of Worship from Poetic tales. / So man forgot that all deities reside in the human breast". Reason suffered his attacks in these forms:
"How do you know but ev'ry Bird that cuts the airy way, Is an immense world of delight, clos'd by your senses five?"
"cleanse the doors of perception", "melting apparent surfaces away, and displaying the infinite which was hid. / For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' the narrow chinks of his cavern"
"All that we saw was owing to your metaphysics"
It is rational to be irrational; it is irrational to be rational.
reifiedpoetry
"in ages of imagination this firm persuasion removed mountains"

wordsworth:
"Up! up! my Friend, and quit your books ..."
"Sweet is the lore which Nature brings; / Our meddling intellect
Mis-shapes the beauteous forms of things;/ We murder to dissect. "

reality is a fiction - rationality erects artificial barriers to the imagination.
Metafiction elucidates truth by showing up how we're deluded.
rene. frame: the representation represented.

sterns
-It intrigued Frank to see families paying for the privilege of experiencing the way the patients of the Limestone Psychiatric Hospital lived for free.
-lunatics play by different rules. They erase half the world and draw in something completely different. train zooming out of a fireplace
-Maybe this church was another kind of hospital. . . . Frank was no more of a lunatic than anyone else in the room.
-preacher's job to save. Gonzino's job to provide a new perspective
-a city that had long ago lost the habit of looking upwards.
-"This is unfair, complained Gonzino Bay, that I should pay for your lack of imagination."
-It was a cry of pure longing untempered by politeness. Men and women grew up and lost the habit of letting loose a howl like that.  Most of the time their needs were no different from a baby's.


What if knowledge is possible not because of identity but because of difference?
What if it is possible to know anything at all because our knowledge of it differs from our knowledge of other things?
Supplements never substitute exactly. A photograph of an absent loved one affirms, by its presence, her absence. 
Our desire for a stable and specified meaning for texts is such that we invent contexts when none are immediately available. (e.g. find scrap of paper with grocery items listed on it)
To invert dichotomies is to be caught, still, within metaphysics.
realism of form is blind. blindspots. our voices (both inner and outer) assure us that we exist as a conscious entity having both a present and a past.
the metaphysics of presence assumes two sets of similar relations: as minds represent or signify the substances of nature, so does language represent or signify the stuff of minds.
Which came first: language or consciousness? Consciousness does not precede and give birth to language; rather, it is language that makes consciousness possible.
to retain the myth of the primacy of mind, metaphysics has to look through language, not at it.
csr: form, grammar. fuzzy logic.

 


the revolutionary idea: secular reality is a religion.; you fish have a limiting belief system.
Reality is not what it used to be.
Reality is one's mental perception of the abyss of experience.
Deconstruction says Choose a strengthening interpretation. 
like economist selects rules, select rules.
gift horse increase demand for time (praise be to the lie).
refuse to just live. necessary poet. see beauty / invest world with magnificence.
fight the power.

news, entertainment, etc. all reinforce belief in secular economists' reality - how life models art (econ model being art).
reality of scarcity and gravity: necessary for bourgeois property & decorum.
what goes up must come down; what is, is; what is x, is not y; 
there is no reason to living, there is only pleasure; the one with the most toys wins;
you can't make the world a better place, but you can make money if you are a corporatist.
olympics matter; iraq is evil and u.s. is good; 
you can't fight city hall and win; 
& metaphysics of presence: reality is; we are agents/ we speak; 
& the unreal: cornucopia; environmentalism exaggerates so they can feel virtuous without being productive; dom of nature; 
& the socialist: you are virtuous if you don't act in your own interest; 

Contrast that heteronomy of reality with this interpretation:
gift horse, demand for time, fascist individualist, .
subject is a fiction

Fascist Individualist
Don't confuse individualism with individualism.
purge the chit; confront conflict; spontaneous bullshit; 
stop consuming drugs (comforts and stimulants; substitutes for change);
we all need ot.
doors of perception
gravity, scarcity.
CSR: Poetry for Econ Dev. earnest (secular reality) is absurd. joke. metaphysics (theatre is ma of religion - secular realism). 


The metaphysics of presence has tried to ignore or halt the movement of differance, to find a stable place to stand outside, or above it, to survey mental and physical landscapes from the vantage point of some solid and non-temporal footing: e.g. Plato's Ideas, the Judaeo-Christian God, empirical reality.
truth/fiction. reality/imagination. One of the terms in each binary set is privileged, the other suppressed.
The privileged term has meaning only insofar as it is contrasted with its ostensibly excluded opposite. I.e. The privileged term is constituted by what it suppresses, and the latter haunts it.
Therefore, the privileged term can never achieve identity or purity.
metafiction
life mirrors art

santa stoked and poked, 'dada dada ta, i feel free'
magic realism vs essay form: depict forms at war

much of our way of life is a bad fiction created by the limited imaginations of poor fiction makers such as politicians and corporate tycoons.
If we stop believing in it is it still real?




585. ... It is a measure of the degree of strength of will to what extent one can do without meaning in things.

20. The nihilistic question "for what?" is rooted in the old
habit of supposing that the goal must be put up, given, demanded from outside - by some superhuman authority. Having unlearned faith in that, one still follows the old habit and seeks another authority ... conscience ... reason ... the social instinct ... history ... happiness of the greatest number.

if 'for what?' is decadent, ascending individualism must necessarily be healthy - need not ask q 'for what?'.
I don't ask 'for what?' of individuals; so why do I ask it of consumers?

subjectivism as raw materializing will to will vs 'for what?' as decadent/nihilistic question.
the worldview of modernity is a symptom of ontological movements. industrial technology has arisen because of a one-dimensional mode of understanding what things are.
For Nietzsche, to become the Overman, to relinquish the spirit of revenge, one must affirm the most horrifying thought: the eternal recurrence of the merely transient and temporal. For Heidegger, however, the transformation of the temporal into the eternal, even if for the sake of affirming the temporal, was nevertheless a metaphysical deed. To move beyond the metaphyscial history of the West would require that there arise a non-metaphysical, non-vengeful relationship with finitude and temporality. We must surrender to the healing power of pain: death anxiety and pain reveal to us that we are the ontological difference which both divides the world and things, and gathers them together. When we harden ourselves to pain and death, we separate ourselves from things and from other people so that they appear as threatening objects to be dominated or as pleasing objects to be exploited. 
Introducing the technology of post-technological thinking. When you no longer quest to realize ideals; when your ontological perspective does not see everything as raw material; when you cultivate your mind and body instead of changing the environment, you will be happy living by the most efficient means.

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Drama 302 - Criticism - Pomo

spracht macht offenbar. esl: create students world and active interests.

All texts (?) attempt to control reading. not the writers who attempt, but the ideology itself? the writers attempt to express a unified self or a coherent story. writers attempt to control/change readers - propaganda.
Show that it is constructed and how it would flunk engineering for it cannot support what [writer wanted] it to do.
The task of the critic is to expose the contradictions and inconsistencies in the text.

-So how is this different from debating? Show fallacious reasoning and unacceptable assumptions and presumptions.
-Don't writers intend these as symbols (e.g. gate)? 
-Isn't deconstruction just the new mode for professional advancement?
-Does deconstructing enable creative production (vibrant culture?)?
-Does deconstruction deny my declarative: there is no elephant on my lap.
-Doesn't pluralizing prevent identity. see self as in dialectical process of production

Goal:
you don't find yourself, you create yourself. reality doesn't exist, you create your reality.
you are positioned in numerous discourses. we suppress cognitive dissonance. dionysus confront conflict.

unities.

empiricism-idealism
expressive-mimeticism

critic as expressive-mimeticist.
critic as moralist.
critic as propagandist / as self-with-mission : critic opens 
critic as tour guide thru doors of perception enabling appreciation without danger.


character
plot
interpretation

narrated/omniscient novel vs theatre: no hierarchy of discourses: hellmann on conflict

realist
romantic
melodrama
shakespeare

political event
conversation
pick-up


should a critic have a political agenda? is objectivity just a smokescreen?

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critic marketing:
as insight into news.
criticize political events - script, lighting, ...
-narrow-casting vs daily papers: dailies have previews/reviews and news and ads for criticism in weekly by same owners.


market research: survey: 
do you read theatre reviews, criticism, neither or both?
why?
do you want to be challenged?

princess di:
demand for articulate demand for explanation&action