(un)common ground

a commonplace book

The Value of Overthinking It

Because much of culture (social interaction, etc) feels natural + given, when we approach it critically that approach can feel overwrought. … Social operations feel like they “don’t matter” when they are invisible or inevitable or “logical” to whoever is considering them. … In reality they are the result of complex interactions involving umpteen individual facets of modern life… which is totally bonkers, btw.

Mike Rugnetta (@pbsideachannel), in three tweets from August 4, 2015

Such is critical humanities inquiry. Just because we may dissect the use of the phrase “first-world problems” doesn’t mean that we’re bitter or upset at anyone, but that we think there are intriguing and invisible interactions happening at the crossroads of culture, gender, power, language, science, religion, etc. that are worth unpacking in order to grow in an understanding of the inner workings of the everyday as well as the extraordinary (which is often just a brimming up and overflowing of those accumulated everyday workings).


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