April 30, 2007

Eat It, Cultural Studies (Part of a Continuing Series)

What is truth? Fact? How can we separate an objective view of "reality" (better, "realishness") from the subjectivities of each of its observers? Is there ever really one "true" version of events, or do events exist only insofar as they are perceived by onlookers? Do I have tenure yet?

Consider the example of my RSS news feed, in which the following four items appeared side by side:
2 Killed in Kansas City Mall Shooting
At least two people were killed Sunday afternoon after a shooting at a shopping center, fire officials said.

Fire Dept: 2 Dead in Mo. Mall Shooting
At least two people were killed Sunday afternoon in a shooting at a shopping center, a fire official said.

3 Dead in Kansas City Mall Shooting
A shooting at a shopping center Sunday afternoon left three people dead, including the gunman, police said.

4 Dead After Violence in Kansas City
A man driving a dead woman's car shot a police officer, then opened fire in a parking lot and a mall Sunday, authorities said.
As you can see, the interpolation of events, first by fire official(s) and/or authorities (police?), and then by various jour(na)lists, fundamentally changes how we perceive the world. Praxis differance superstructure dialectic.

Seriously, tenure? Anyone?

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