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A Definition of “Violence”

The potentially aggressive removal of an actor’s choice in a situation. Mike Rugnetta, “Is Undertale the Most Violent Game This Year?” (2016) Notes: I find this definition, in part (seemingly) … Continue reading

March 6, 2016 · 1 Comment

Author: Regulator of the Fictive

[S]ince the eighteenth century, the author has played the role of the regulator of the fictive; a role quite characteristic of our era of industrial and bourgeois society, of individualism … Continue reading

January 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Barriers around the Liberty of Opinion

In America, the majority raises formidable barriers around the liberty of opinion: within these barriers, an author may write what he pleases; but woe to him if he goes beyond … Continue reading

October 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Unilateral Gift = Act of Power

The fundamental rule of symbolic obligation stipulates that the basis of any form of domination is the total absence of any counterpart, of any return. The unilateral gift is an … Continue reading

August 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

Language Influences Cognition

I had not only learned to speak a language: I had started to think in it. Its questions became my questions, its concepts shaped my responses to new ideas. Its … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Language Beyond Referentiality

To say that words are indexically related to some ‘object’ or aspect of the world out there means to recognize that words carry with them a power that goes beyond … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · Leave a comment