24 jul. 2007

I hate that "Can it be a coincidence?" or "It can hardly be a coincidence that.." argument so beloved in "Cultural Studies."

If you want to argue for a correlation or a causality, just do it. Don't just assert a probable "non-coincidence."

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Still hating earnestness too.

I hate it when someone on "Goodreads" gives five stars to every book they've ever read.

6 comentarios:

John dijo...

Hater!

bobbasil dijo...

Leslie Fiedler's "Love and Death in the American Novel" is *built* upon the phrase "it is no coincidence that," etc.

Jonathan dijo...

I had no idea. I associate it with a much later development.

Bob Basil dijo...

I believe it started with the Freudians.

james dijo...

Either way, I agree completely with Jonathan. It's a lazy way to make an argument. In fact, it's really not even making an argument -- it's just floating a hypothesis. Hypothesis by inference.

Bob Basil dijo...

"Hypothesis by inference" is a delightful phrase, though I wonder where else hypotheses come from.