WITTGENSTEIN, WEEK ONE: Messages to today's 9-year-old kids!

MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2020

Links to first three letters:
In the future, it will fall to today's 9-year-old kids to rebuild American intellectual and journalistic culture.

Decades of clowning have dragged us all down. It will fall to these kids to restore us.

We're leaving them messages in a bottle, suggesting one place they might start. Last week, we posted the first three epistles.

Links to those letters are here:
March 30, 2020: Epistles to today's 9-year-old kids. Don't read until the future!

March 31, 2020: Epistle touching on Wittgenstein's preface! "Not a good book," he said.

April 2, 2020: Third letter to today's 9-year-old kids. An early glimpse of a method.
Tomorrow, we'll look at the preface to Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations in a bit more detail. Also, we'll scan its first few pages.

Do not try reading this book at home! Decent people that we are, we've already said that.

Full disclosure: These letters are issued for purposes of erudition / interest only.

27 comments:

  1. "It will fall to these kids to restore us."

    Meh. You can't be "restored", dear Bob. You're just as postmodern a creature as everyone else, and there's no way back to what you consider 'normal'.

    When the postmodernist present fades away, you'll not be restored as 'rational being', because you're already (more or less) a zombie, conditioned to consume dumb narratives. Same as your kids and your grand kids.

    It can only get worse, my dear.

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  2. Today's 9 year olds won't need to rebuild journalistic culture because they are growing up in the surveillance society. There will be no intellectualism because no autocratic state in history has ever tolerated the intelligentsia. The only question is whether science will survive. On that hinges the question of whether humanity will survive.

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  3. Philosophy majors either become lawyers or they become bioethicists. A few go on in cognitive science or theology. But beyond that, there is no practical use for the subject. So, why on earth would anyone want to discuss Wittgenstein, much less read his last, incoherent book?

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  4. “to rebuild American intellectual and journalistic culture.”

    As if there was ever some American intellectual or journalistic culture that was so good that it needs to be “re”-built.

    One need only look back to Pulitzer and Hearst for examples of American journalistic culture in the pre-internet age and why this notion of “rebuilding” is folly.

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    1. "As if there was ever some American intellectual or journalistic culture that was so good that it needs to be “re”-built."

      Why, it's just that dear Bob is nostalgic for the good ol' days when zombie propaganda was, by his lights, more convincing.

      More convincing to the dumb intelligentsia, that is.

      But liberal zombie cult wouldn't give a shit about them anymore; now it's all about primitive dembottery, goebbelsian fear- and hate-mongering.

      More efficient, apparently. Progress.

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    2. just curious - is (according to you) there a non-liberal zombie cult? is there some body of culture that you think is not in its grip? If so, what?

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    3. Oh, dear. But of course there is. Traditional common sense culture. The worldview of ordinary working people.

      And that's the only worldview that deserves to be called 'culture'.

      Surely not the drivel with 10 thousand "flexible genders and sexualities", with endless 'racial' grievances and hate-mongering, with liberation by destruction and prosperity by offshoring.

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    4. "Why, it's just that dear Bob is nostalgic for the good ol' days when zombie propaganda was, by his lights, more convincing."

      Zombie dembots want to Make America "Great" Again.

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  5. “It will fall to these kids to restore us.”

    Wasn’t it all those pre-Wittgensteinian philosophers who were on the wrong track since, say, Aristotle? Doesn’t that imply that all of Western intellectual
    culture was built on the muddled thinking of pre-Wittgensteinians? Why should we restore this? Shouldn’t the task be, according to Somerby’s ideas, to rid ourselves of that?

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  6. It is impossible to “restore” the media landscape of decades ago. The internet and its lack of gatekeepers will be with us from now on.

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    1. A very small portion of the old media were part of an intelligentsia. Most journos were smart, tough, liberal, and seasoned barroom philosophers who grew up lower middle or middle class, and had covered everything from county fairs to war. They didn’t disdain we hinterland hillbillies as the media does now.

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    2. "They didn’t disdain we hinterland hillbillies as the media does now"

      If only.

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      Small town values tomorrow.
      Small town values forever.

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    4. Most journos were smart, tough, liberal, and seasoned barroom philosophers who grew up lower middle or middle class,

      You’ve been watching too many black-and-white movies.

      and had covered everything from county fairs to war.

      Yeah, sure. Back in the day, when NYC had four daily papers, how many of their seasoned barroom philosophers do you figure covered county fairs?

      They didn’t disdain we hinterland hillbillies as the media does now.

      [Cue tiny violin to accompany the pity party for persecuted conservatives.]

      Here’s a hint: if you don’t want elitists like me to disdain you as a hillbilly learn how to properly use objective case pronouns.

      It might also help if you didn’t post nonsense.

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    5. Well, I suppose that is an idealized view. The good ole days sort of thinking seems to be trending in me now. Ick.. .

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    6. "They didn’t disdain we hinterland hillbillies as the media does now"

      You left out the part where you call Liberals "snowflakes".

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  7. Thank you Rupert Murdoch for the current pervasive hatred of all non-white Americans.
    You will soon be dead.

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  8. Someone will write a check and put it in his coffin, so he can take his money with him.

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