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Chris Dierkes

Chris Dierkes (aka CJ Smith). 29 years old, happily married, adroit purveyor and voracious student of all kinds of information, theories, methods of inquiry, and forms of practice. Studying to be a priest in the Anglican Church in Canada. Main interests: military theory, diplomacy, foreign affairs, medieval history, religion & politics (esp. Islam and Christianity), and political grand bargains of all shapes and sizes.

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  1. E.D. Kain says:

    Well, first off – fascinating piece, and I will have a longer response up at a later time, but I think you’re very much on to something here with this question of Self and Value and our inability to draw meaningful connections between the two.

    However, you have placed this in the Goodbye to Culture11 series and this is another relationship which I can draw no sensible parallel between… 😉Report

  2. Chris Dierkes says:

    I wonder if something is up with the radio button. This is the 2nd time this has happened. I put in the modern-postmodern thing. Went back and edited it and somehow a number showed up in the “assign a number” place. This time it was four. Which automatically made it fourth in whatever series needed a number 4, which turned out to the adieu to Culture11. Weird. I used the back button to go back to the edit function–maybe that was it?Report

  3. E.D. Kain says:

    My best advice is first to never use forward/backward buttons in your browser when editing; second always check your series after you update (and before you update) your post; and third never put a number in the box unless you have to–as in somehow it got lost and then four new posts have been published and you need to put it back where it was.Report

  4. Cascadian says:

    This kind of sounds like our ability to mash up disparate strands of the culture is leading to higher competition and greater rewards. What’s the problem with that? Perhaps, mashing your serial polygamy with the Obama’s decision to introduce a third adult into the family will facilitate yet further wealth and meaning generating opportunities. Some children have a problem with mixing the foods on their plate. Perhaps, as a society we’re getting beyond this phobia.Report

  5. I had to read this a few times to fully grasp the point (not because it’s confusing but because it’s not something I’ve thought about much before). I think I get it now; my initial reaction was similar to Cascadian’s, but having re-read it a few times and taken the time to think about it more critically, it’s a lot easier to see just how much of a dilemma this poses. At the moment, solutions seem kind of hard to grasp, but when I get the chance I’ll probably try to provide my own explanation of why this is all so problematic in the first place.Report

  6. One more thing – in the meantime, JL Wall’s thoughts at phaidimoi logoi about the C11 closure seem oddly relevant to this discussion. Whenever I do respond, I’ll explain that a bit better.Report

  7. Rortybomb says:

    I think the exit question is challenged by what Conley refers to as “price culture” in the above, or what I’d refer to (since this is tagged postmodernity, I’ll bring up Foucault and W. Brown) a neoliberal governmentality. It’s difficult to read the word “value” without heavy airquotes; as Conley points out, Elsewhere Man looks at himself in the mirror and asks “What was my value added?”

    Value goes from a verb (“what do I value?”) to a noun (“What is my value?”); from an expression to a product, and the product is profitability. Self-governance runs deep, so it does not surprise me that our Elsewhere Man looks to his lovers, citizenship, education, family and ideals as simply matters of self-corporate governance decision making.

    The relationships you describe are akin to that – they strike me as at-will employment – we can quit “for good cause, or bad cause, or no cause at all.”

    Recapturing the idea of value itself would be step one for you.Report

  8. Philip Primeau says:

    I know no culture, just different scenes.Report

  9. And all the scenes fading into one another, passing into the all encompassing blah of universal hipsterdom.Report