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Okay, so let me talk about Mario for a minute here. I realize there's a difference between the American and Japanese understanding of the character and there always has been, but Mario was originally presented as a blue collar worker. 1/?
Yes, there's the plumber thing, but he was also a construction worker in Wrecking Crew and I guess a carpenter in Donkey Kong. Very blue collar. He started making cameos in other games, but it was like, a boxing ref. 2/?
It's the original Mario Bros. that cast him as a plumber but I guess he was an Evil Animal Trainer in Donkey Kong Jr.? I dunno if Animal Trainer is as "salt of the earth" as being a construction worker, but it's no office job. 3/?
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OK, I've reached my limit — I can't take it anymore. Here comes a rant about how it seems like everyone in the USA is getting "post-modernism" wrong.

Context: I'm listening to Philosophy Talk's episode "Is Postmodernism Really to Blame for Post-Truth?" 1/ philosophytalk.org/shows/postmode…
2/ First, on the term itself. "Postmodernism" can mean so many different things — from specific movements in art, architecture & literature to an entire socio-cultural era — and yet it has become the term for a punching bag filled with a variety of misunderstandings.
3/ I can't bring myself to continue this "PoMo" misnomering. It just confuses everything. So I'm going to call it "critical theory" or CT for lack of a better term.

1 might also ID it as the post-structuralist tradition of investigating the relations between power & knowledge.
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On this day some eat turkey, I read dry scholarship on #liberalism and #postmodernism. Oh, yeah. And I eat turkey, too.
I’ve seen a number of debates — some quite heated! — going back and forth about the validity, soundness, and compatibility of #Islam with #criticaltheory scholarship. Some advocate that it’s entirely incompatible with so-called traditional Islamic thought.
I for one do not subscribe to this on a metaphysical level (as some advocate) though I do find several problems with its claims when taken too far or its scoped expanded too wide. In fact, I think a thing — or a philosophy — is not so much incompatible with Islam
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