Monday, July 25, 2011

Deconstructing deconstruction

John Steele Gordon -

Deconstruction is a philosophical technique coined by the French thinker Jacques Derrida in 1967 that, as far as I can figure out, allows the practitioner to twist words so they mean whatever they find convenient at the moment. Their prose is extraordinarily incomprehensible. (What do you get if you cross a deconstructionist with a Mafioso? You get someone who makes you an offer you can’t understand.)