Hal Duncan on Pretentiousness
April 29, 2008 §
Although it’s really late for me and I’ll have to wait until the evening to comment at length here and over there, Hal Duncan takes a post of mine from last week and riffs on it, with quite a few conclusions that I can agree with wholeheartedly. At the risk of distorting and overly simplifying his arguments, are not those who cry “pretentious!” at others at risk for self-labelling themselves as “hey, I’m this here dumbfuck who jus’ don’t git it, ya hear?” After all, the “elitist” accusation can bear amusing unintended consequences if one wants to push it a bit further. I know I have never desired to be mediocre or to “be one in a crowd,” as it would seem the opposite of “elitist” would indicate. Best for me to be “out of touch” with that which would suck in my opinion than to embrace a rube’s false egalitarianism. But it’s almost 1:30 AM here and I fear I’ll just ramble on. Feel free to respond, deride, cajole, etc., as I’ll try to respond more coherently and less sarcastically in the evening. But do read Hal’s article closely, as it brings up quite a few points well worth considering.