July 18, 2004

Bad writing

Amanda has linked to this collection of award winning execrable academic writing. It is truly awful.

Amanda had fond memories of my link to the post-modern essay generator.

Judith Butler, who I dislike very much because of her self-hating essay which defended the rights of academics to spew forth vile anti-Semitism (and which I decline to reproduce here because I want it to fall into the abyss of bad thinking), was the clear winner. Her entry, I reproduce below, in extended format for those who don't feel like following the link:

"Professor Butler's first-prize sentence appears in "Further Reflections on the Conversations of Our Time," an article in the scholarly journal Diacritics (1997)":

The move from a structuralist account in which capital is understood to structure social relations in relatively homologous ways to a view of hegemony in which power relations are subject to repetition, convergence, and rearticulation brought the question of temporality into the thinking of structure, and marked a shift from a form of Althusserian theory that takes structural totalities as theoretical objects to one in which the insights into the contingent possibility of structure inaugurate a renewed conception of hegemony as bound up with the contingent sites and strategies of the rearticulation of power.

Never has so much been used to say so little to so many.

Posted by Random Penseur at July 18, 2004 01:53 PM
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