September 26, 2009

WHERE IS THIS TAKING PLACE? A Geography of Teen Identity

A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image

Joan Didion (b. 1934), U.S. essayist. “In the Islands,” The White Album (1979).)

INTRODUCTION

The work of adolescent imagination is play, and the play of teens is work. (more…)

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September 25, 2009

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“These anti-democratic forces will use fear, chaos and hatred…” Chris Hedges

“At no period in American history has our democracy been in such peril or the possibility of totalitarianism as real. (more…)

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September 15, 2009

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Obviously, two things can be inherently contradictory and true. Duh. This is the nature of truth. At least the kind of truth of which we are most fond -our kind of truth: the endeavor of knowing and understanding and striving for shared meaning. Not one, but two or twenty glorious, fantastic towers made of the twigs of metaphor and contrast can hardly be anything but true. Do you know of a monolithic truth that can contain Babel and Burning Man?

See our Essay entitled “Hypocrisy is Bad:…http://www.takebackourlanguage.com/blog/2008/11/05/hypocrisy-is-bad/

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Propaganda: “Foolproof Against A Reality Which The Movements Promised To Change…” Hannah Arendt

“The advantages of a propaganda that constantly “adds the power of organization” to the feeble and unreliable voice of argument, and thereby realizes, so to speak, on the spur of the moment, whatever it says, are obvious beyond demonstration. Foolproof against arguments based on a reality which the movements promised to change, against a counterpropaganda disqualified by the mere fact that it belongs to or defends a world which the shiftless masses cannot and will not accept, it can be disproved only by another, a stronger or better, reality.”

Arendt, Hannah. The Origins of Totalitarianism. 1948: Harcourt, Brace, New York (pub. 1979) Pp 363

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September 13, 2009

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All of these phrases say GO AWAY except the one at the bottom.

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September 9, 2009

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“We Think With Myths As Inevitably As We See With Eyes And Eat With Mouths:” John Michael Greer

“We think with myths as inevitably as we see with eyes and eat with mouths. Thus, any attempt to bring about significant social change must start from the mythic level, with an emotionally powerful and symbolically meaningful narrative, or it will go nowhere.”

John Michael Greer, The Long Descent (British Columbia: New Society Publishers 2008)

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July 11, 2009

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“Hateful, Rude or Ignorant Remarks Are The Music Of A Free Society…” Daniel Gilbert

“We live in a world in which people are censured, demoted, imprisoned, beheaded, simply because they have opened their mouths, flapped their lips, and vibrated some air. (more…)

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