Here’s a collection of news articles, interviews, conversations, provocations, and otherwise – all related to postmodernism.
News & Social Media
- The Heterodox Academy releases an update to their guide on viewpoint diversity on campuses in the United States.
- The United States Supreme Court issued a ruling on the name of The Slants, a Chinese-American rock band, saying that usage of the slur is upheld by free speech.
- Popular Twitter personality “The Genderless Male” releases a podcast explaining how violence is a male problem, and handles the tricky arguments presented by biology with what amounts to a bunch of hand-waving. He has not responded to my requests for comment.
- Some journalists rediscover an article celebrating the capture of Otto Warmbier as a victory over white privilege. Otto died this month after being jailed in North Korea – he was released back to the USA in a coma.
- A federalist article talks about how Donald Trump’s facts-light campaign may have benefited from postmodernism.
Postmodernism in Academia
- James Lindsay and Peter Boghossian responded to ten common criticisms of their hoax article”The Conceptual Penis”, which was published in a social sciences journal of dubious quality.
- Similarly to “The Conceptual Penis”, a paper called “Refusing to be a man” talks about the lies of male genital function. Fittingly, it was written in 1984 and has been cited just over 600 times.
- The University of Toronto held its all-black graduation ceremony on June 22.
- In a curious turn of events, the President’s Advisory Council for Building an Inclusive Community at McMaster University seems to have quietly reclassified their statement smearing Jordan B. Peterson as a “dialogue” instead of an “announcement”. No retractions, corrections, or apologies have been offered.
Interviews & Conversations
- Peter Boghossian (co-mastermind of the “Conceptual Penis” prank) talks extensively about postmodernism on the Rubin Report. As you might expect, he had an exceptionally difficult time of it.
- A journalist for Canada’s National Post asks a “serious question” about why someone wouldn’t want to use preferred pronouns, but then never reaches out for a serious answer.
Not exactly Postmodernism, but still enlightening and relevant:
The non-partisan, rationalist blog Slate Star Codex released an excellent article called Against Murderism. He talks about racism, driving change, and altering people’s perspectives. A short excerpt below:
… “racism” is a confusing word that serves as a mishmash of unlike concepts. Here are some of the definitions people use for racism:
1. Definition By Motives: An irrational feeling of hatred toward some race that causes someone to want to hurt or discriminate against them.
2. Definition By Belief: A belief that some race has negative qualities or is inferior, especially if this is innate/genetic.
3. Definition By Consequences: Anything whose consequence is harm to minorities or promotion of white supremacy, regardless of whether or not this is intentional.