Are you here? . . . Say what?

I heard a professor say, once, scolding a student:  “Context, context, context.”

Noam Chomsky, 1998?



  1. Akbar Lightning
    June 19, 2010

    finally was able to watch these..fascinating…

    my favorite part was when he was asked about direct democracy, and he made a forceful criticism of what i will politicizing the issues…and he went on to distinguish the ‘real’ issues…

    this is a complaint i often have when i hear political conversations, that they often avoid the direct issues, by adhering to mechanistic approaches..

    in other words, the question is not whether or not we ought to have direct democracy, but what issues would direct democracy better address…

    oooh gotta go, more later,

  2. Logocentric
    June 19, 2010

    and they howled and clapped like monkeys at the slaughter. ha ha ha. oh, deer.

    do you suppose he’s just a ‘linguist and political activist’?

    yeah, i hear ya on mechanics. pretty peculiar, right? maybe this is just an ‘inconvenient fact.’

  3. Logocentric
    June 19, 2010

    okay, just to be a little more forthcoming: these clips scare me. you know that youtube video with the baby trying to pet the cobra? yeah, like that.


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