[csaa-forum] worried by the tone
a.mckee at qut.edu.au
Mon Apr 4 12:39:09 CST 2005
>I've been lurking on the debate about Danny's tone.
Personally I feel he should be congratulated for raising the issue of
alternative modes of engagement with public issues - even if I might not
agree with the actual ideas he proposes.
I don't think it does us much good to hide behind the rubric of rationality
and facts - mainly because none of us actually live up to them in our work.
Even those of us who claim strongly that only rational debate is suitable
for public engagement fail - as we all do - to achieve such ideals. We all
repeatedly use arguments ad verecundiam ('as Barthes has shown ...'), ad
populum ('postmodernism and its capacity for evil'), and ad hominem
('people need to lift their game'). Failing to acknowledge that we as much
as Windshuttle and Bolt employ these forms of argument merely makes us look
Indeed, as cultural studies practitioners we need to take ourselves less
seriously if we want others to take us seriously.
Alan McKee, PhD
Film and Television
Creative Industries Precinct
Queensland University of Technology
07 3864 8235
07 3864 8195 (fax)
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