Re: the arrogance of postmodern mumbo jumbo

Stephen Barnard (
Sat, 05 Oct 1996 07:56:41 -0800

mj leblanc wrote:
> In article <5318m0$>, (Gerold Firl) wrote:
> >One factor which complicates the matter is the fact that pomo is
> >largely a political pose adopted to enhance employability. American lit
> >departments are furiously competitive, with lots of claiments vieing
> >for a small number of spots. What better way for lit majors to compete
> >than to invent a complex jargon behind which they can play their
> >backbiting games of clique and counterclique?
> And of course we all realize that absolutely NONE of this holds true among
> the more "scientific" disciplines. <g>

You have a point here. In the hard sciences, however, the jargon
actually has some meaning and serves as a kind of linguistic shorthand.
The backbiting games of clique and counterclique rage, of course, but
when it comes to questions of fact someone is ultimately proven wrong
and someone proven right.

Steve Barnard