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i lol'd
posted by PinkMoose at 11:15 PM on February 20, 2012


wow I hated this meme until now. Now I'm waiting for the Samuel Delaney "Hey, nail-bitten man, I totally am into the paperbacks you are selling on a the sidewalk."
posted by kittensofthenight at 11:43 PM on February 20, 2012 [4 favorites]


This should be good but it's basically Feminist Ryan Gosling with several layers of the humour removed, as well as most of the content. Also since the speaker implied by the meme is Foucault (to "Boy"), it doesn't make any sense for it to be titled "Hey, Michel Foucault". That said if this is the thread we can talk about Foucault, yay. The latest post is the picture "Trip to the United States" from the cover of Space, Knowledge and Power: Foucault and Geography, which I just finished reading.

Also it's totally problematic to ventriloquize dead Foucault, but, hey, I'm told that discourse is a medium through which power relations produce speaking subjects.

And yes, can we get a Delany one, that would be the bestest.
posted by mek at 11:47 PM on February 20, 2012 [3 favorites]


In 1954 Foucault published his first book, Maladie mentale et personnalité, a work he later disavowed.

Gotta hate it when that happens. Gotta.
posted by Twang at 12:06 AM on February 21, 2012


...but, hey, I'm told that discourse is a medium through which power relations produce speaking subjects.

Why I bailed on academia.
posted by From Bklyn at 12:07 AM on February 21, 2012 [15 favorites]


If cringing is the appropriate response to this pedantic brand of humor then these are the most hilarious image macros I've ever seen.
posted by incandenza at 12:13 AM on February 21, 2012 [5 favorites]


Here's my smiling face in the sand on the shore of the sea.
posted by Pyrogenesis at 12:14 AM on February 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Mostly non-hilarious for me (the humor is rather forced here), except for the Bentham panopticon one. That one was cute (in a creepy way).
posted by LMGM at 2:37 AM on February 21, 2012 [3 favorites]


...but, hey, I'm told that discourse is a medium through which power relations produce speaking subjects.

Why I bailed on academia.


This.

Also, somewhere I have a LOLcat-style Foucault image that I made years ago. This post totally ripped me off.
posted by The Michael The at 4:09 AM on February 21, 2012


Foucault would be an awesome pick up artist because he's seductively poetic but ultimately devoid of reason, wisdom, or substance. Not like Kant. Now your Mother LOVED Kant, I don't know why you ever left him. He might have been a bit dry. Sure. But he was CONSISTENT. He had LONG TERM PROSPECTS. Sigh. Oh well. I'm glad you're with Popper now. He's a good lad. Let's put those confusing years behind us shall we?
posted by Potomac Avenue at 4:10 AM on February 21, 2012 [8 favorites]


What about Chomsky?
posted by Obscure Reference at 4:33 AM on February 21, 2012


Surely everyone has seen loltheorists, which is funnier. Although not as funny as lolthulhu of course (I discovered both of these - and this type of thing generally - at the same time, so they are irretrievably linked in my mind.)

I dunno, I thought that the tumblr was kind of funny - might take a while to hit stride, though. But mostly it's just interesting to see a bunch of photos of Foucault at different points in his career. The "if sexuality is so taboo why are you talking about it all the time?" one would be a nice little thing to include in an intro course.

Foucault really is a giant as a theoretician, like Marx or Freud or Lacan...at least in that many of his ideas have become so widely known and accepted that we have all, as it were, always-already read his work. (When you think about it, while the surface aspects of Marx/Freud/Lacan are either controversial or disproven, the big underlying ideas that structure their work and that they articulated more cohesively and clearly than any contemporary - unconscious impulses, childhood sexuality, wish fulfillment, ideas about class relations, the understanding of economic history as political in a particular way, the idea that class and culture are related - you don't need to read their work to get those ideas. They are so foundational to modernity as to be almost invisible. Similarly, I think, with some of Foucault's ideas about sexuality and disourse and about institutions.)
posted by Frowner at 4:34 AM on February 21, 2012 [4 favorites]


I liked it, mostly for the good pictures of Foucault. He was a handsome bastard. Lean, too.
posted by OmieWise at 5:45 AM on February 21, 2012


This is much funnier.

If, by "funnier," we mean decoding symbolic objects to highlight the forms of irony that are embedded by the structure of power relationships contrasted by the juxtaposition of text vis √° vis imagery, laying bare the realization of the question of the meaning of our articulated understanding of a priori essence, or (dare I say) being, then yes, it is much funnier.
posted by slogger at 5:46 AM on February 21, 2012 [4 favorites]


What about Chomsky ?
posted by Obscure Reference


Surely you can do better that than. We've all heard of him.
 
posted by Herodios at 6:09 AM on February 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Years ago I learned about Discipline and Punish from some mefi thread and wandered into a bookstore to find the book by Mike El Fow Calt (pronounced like he was born in Pittsburgh....) the bookstore dude stood puzzled for a second, and then a lightbulb went off "Ohh, you mean Mee Shell Foo Coh?"

"Oh yes, yes him." *curses zeus*
posted by pwally at 6:20 AM on February 21, 2012


Mike El Fow Calt

***Adds another name to sockpuppet list***
posted by Rangeboy at 6:53 AM on February 21, 2012


Must we?
posted by me3dia at 7:57 AM on February 21, 2012


I don't understand this at all. I was expecting something funnier.

The Jean-Paul Sartre Cookbook

Happy Heidegger

... the end of the real Baudrillard
posted by mrgrimm at 8:23 AM on February 21, 2012 [3 favorites]


There's a certain type of meme that, to me, is a hilarious idea but can probably never be implemented in a way that is as funny as the premise. But then, the more I see it, the more not funny it is, I start to find it really amusing.

This is that type.

I'm not sure why they eventually break me down. It might just be the effort at all that makes me laugh.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 8:36 AM on February 21, 2012


(Overly beanplating a meme about Michel Foucault seems like the most appropriate thing in the world.)
posted by MCMikeNamara at 8:36 AM on February 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


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