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Unformatted text preview: SDI 2010 BBHS Critique Answers Critique AnswersBBHSSDI 2010 1 *** A2: Representations/Language Critiques 2 SDI 2010 BBHS Critique Answers A2: Reps/LanguagePolicymaking Should Precede Discourse Focusing on discourse trades off with material changethe consequences of our plan are more important than our rhetorical choices. Ward Churchill , Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Colorado, 1996 (Semantic Masturbation on the Left: A Barrier to Unity and Action, From A Native Son: Selected Essays in Indigenism , 1985-1995, Published by South End Press, ISBN 0896085538, p. 460) There can be little doubt that matters of linguistic appropriateness and precision are of serious and legitimate concern . By the same token, however , it must be conceded that such preoccupations arrive at a point of diminishing return. After that, they degenerate rapidly into liabilities rather than benefits to comprehension . By now, it should be evident that much of what is mentioned in this article falls under the latter category; it is, by and large, inept, esoteric, and semantically silly, bearing no more relevance in the real world than the question of how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. Ultimately, it is a means to stultify and divide people rather than stimulate and unite them . Nonetheless, such issues of word choice have come to dominate dialogue in a significant and apparently growing segment of the Left. Speakers, writers, and organizers of all persuasions are drawn, with increasing vociferousness and persistence, into heated confrontations, not about what theyve said, but about how theyve said it. Decisions on whether to enter into alliances, or even to work with other parties, seem more and more contingent not upon the prospect of a common agenda, but upon mutual adherence to certain elements of a prescribed vernacular. Mounting quantities of progressive time, energy, and attention are squandered in perversions of Maos principle of criticism/self-criticism now variously called process, line sharpening, or even struggle in which there occurs a virtually endless stream of talk about how to talk about the issues. All of this happens at the direct expense of actually understanding the issues themselves, much less doing something about them . It is impossible to escape the conclusion that the dynamic at hand adds up to a pronounced avoidance syndrome, a masturbatory ritual through which an opposition nearly paralyzed by its own deeply felt sense of impotence pretends to be engaged in something meaningful. In the end, it reduces to a tragic delusion at best, cynical game playing or intentional disruption at worst. With this said, it is only fair to observe that its high time to get off this nonsense, and on with the real work of effecting positive social change ....
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