Sunday, November 17, 2013


''This is an excerpt from a blog posted on facebook. The blog is id’d only as Research & HE blog roll, and the article is a take on how various scholarly modes might play out the old  ‘’how many….does it take to change a lightbulb’’ joke:  probably of interest chiefly to people caught up in academia and its language, and old enough to remember lightbulb jokes.

"… postmodernist scholars have deconstructed what they characterize as a repressive hegemonic discourse of light-bulb changing, with its implicit binary opposition between ‘light’ and ‘darkness’ and its phalogocentric privileging  of the bulb over the socket, which they see as colonialist, sexist, and racist. .."

1 comment:

Bob Lamm said...

Sorry, but this is way above my head. Must be because I went to that famous, overrated college in New Haven.

So I'll offer my favorite instead:

"How many shrinks does it take to change a lightbulb?

"Only one. But the lightbulb has to want to change!"