This is just one massive train wreck of a theory-bashing post:
Have you ever ran across something academic (paper, book, lecture) that you thought was complete and utter bullshit? And yes you can include postmodernism 🙂
Why did it have to happen when I was offline? Now it’s too late to join in the snarking. And look at this:
I personally have found that “theory” usually is shorthand for “jargon-laden writing,” and that “jargon” is quite often shorthand for “words I don’t know and can’t be bothered to look up.”
BURN! That’s gotta hurt. And what about this exchange?
M: People hate what they don’t understand [i.e., postmodernism].
S: Hold on. Hate what they don’t understand? I understand completely, and I think it’s bullshit.
R: You completely understand postmodernism? . . . Alright, I’m done now.
G: Oh please god explain it to me. I think I might have an orgasm.
Really, it’s easy to forget that there are people out there who think theory is bunk when one’s bookcase is in danger of collapsing from the weight of the cultural studies books stored there. But then some undergrad comes along shooting their mouth off and wackiness ensues.