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Re: conculture

From:William Annis <annis@...>
Date:Sunday, November 18, 2001, 0:33
 >From: J Y S Czhang <czhang23@...>
 >    :) yippy, I am a pioneer... mayhaps...


 >>        Hmm.  To me a word like paralang would just be another term
 >>for 'argot' or 'jargon' though I admit my mind isn't quite able to get
 >>a handle on what *exactly* 'paracultural' means.
 >    Paraculture is different from both mainstream larger culture and
 >subcultures. A paraculture can arise outta of what some (in cultural studies)
 >call "technoculture" - the idea that technology is autonomous and that the
 >far-reaching effects of technology are creating lifestyles, ideas of nature
 >and systems of thought encoded or represented in specific technological

        Oh, dear.  Cultural studies generally makes me livid.  Can I
get this in the essentials??  "Post-structuralism is essentially the
misapplication of an outmoded theory of linguists to everything."

        So, I'm afraid this definition doesn't help me much, but may
be due to my own instant high-alert hostility when I hear phrases like
"cultural studies."

 >    Paraculture is related in some ways to the "para-" root in "paramilitary"
 >and to the "para-" in "paranormal" and to the "para-" prefix used in
 >chemistry meaning "modification of"!

        So, a deliberate subculture, rather than an accidental one?

 >>        Perhaps I'll create a liturgical language when I get my cult
 >    ::mock panic voice::  eek...  ::makes mudra to ward off evil::

        *grin*  It will be a benevolent cult.

 >>William Annis  -  System Administrator -  Biomedical Computing Group
 >>"When men are inhuman, take care not to feel towards them as they do
 >>towards other humans."                       Marcus Aurelius  VII.65
 >    nice quote BTW

        Thanks.  I hope to apply it regularly some day. *sigh*