He lingers on notions of class. Who are these office workers, exactly? Somehow they are “neither of the working class nor of the elite holders of capital.” They dress well; they’re clean and pale, as aristocrats once were.
“The United States is a nation of clerks.”
“Man is born free, but he is everywhere in cubicles.”
Although both archetype and stereotype draw from a “type” of person to create character, the difference is that archetype will use the template as a starting place, and stereotype uses it as the end point.
Archetype (n): a very typical example of a certain person or thing; types that fit fundamental human motifs.
Stereotype (n): A widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing.
Trope (n): devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members’ minds and expectations.
If tropes seem a little too much like to stereotypes for comfort, that’s because, technically speaking, they are stereotypes. “A x) However,is a stereotype that writers find useful in communicating with readers.” (
because the word stereotype has become so stigmatized in society, we prefer to think of tropes as specific to storytelling.
Categorization is the process in which ideas and objects are recognized, differentiated, and understood. Categorization implies that objects are grouped into categories, usually for some specific purpose. Ideally, a category illuminates a relationship between the subjects and objects of knowledge. Categorization is fundamental in language, prediction, inference, decision making and in all kinds of environmental interaction.
Since the research by Eleanor Rosch and George Lakoff in the 1970s, categorization can also be viewed as the process of grouping things based on prototypes—the idea of necessary and sufficient conditions is almost never met in categories of naturally occurring things. It has also been suggested that categorization based on prototypes is the basis for human development, and that this learning relies on learning about the world via embodiment.
A cognitive approach accepts that natural categories are graded (they tend to be fuzzy at their boundaries) and inconsistent in the status of their constituent members.
Modernism / Postmodernism / Post-Postmodernism
Romanticism / Symbolism ‘Pataphysics / Dadaism Neurotic realism / Photoshopism
Form (conjunctive,closed) Antiform (disunctive,open) Internet (connective,endless)
Purpose Play Game
Design Chance Code
Hierarchy Anarchy Network
Mastery / Logos Exhaustion / Silence Excess / Cacophany
Art Object / Finished Work Process / Performance / Happening Fluidity / Seriality / Event
Distance Participation Immersion / Interactivity
Creation / Totalization Decreation / Deconstruction Re-creation
Synthesis Antithesis ––––
Presence Absence Access
Centering Dispersal Nomadism / Mobility
Genre / Boundary Text / Intertext Medium / Paratext
Semantics Rhetoric Iconology
Paradigm Syntagm Database
Hypotaxis Parataxis Permutation
Metaphor Metonymy Oxymoron
Selection Combination Remix
Root / Depth Rhizome / Surface Morph / Space
Interpretation / Reading Against interpretation / Misreading Experiencing / Rereading
Signified Signifier Mediation
Lisible (Readerly) Scriptible (Writerly) Interactive (Wreaderly)
Narrative / Grande Histoire Anti-narrative / Petite Historie Multi-narrative / Hypertext
Master Code Idiolect HTML
Symptom Desire Sensation
Type Mutant Cyborg / Clone
Genital / Phallic Polymorphous / Androgynous Performative / Nongender
Paranoia Schizophrenia Autism / ADHD
Origin / Cause Diffrence-Differance / Trace ––––
God the Father The Holy Ghost Google
Metaphysics Irony Trust / Earnestness
Determinacy Interderminacy Relationality
Transcendence Immanence DNA / Faith
Cracked and Broken in ’88
“Just wiped me out for nothing, straight-off the map,
a fifty-seven year sentence for a small amount of crack,” he said at the foot of his bed.
“Got caught-up!” he said again.
Wiped me out, straight-off the map, was all he thought.
“Sentencing for powder can’t stand next to its own degenerate concentrate form,” they say.
“Stricter sentencing for crack must be had,” they say.
Lost neighborhoods, lost souls,
in America that’s just the way it goes…
Principal Investigator Dr. Lena Valentin
with pockets full of miracles, Morning-After Pills
deviation reports and adverse events and
numerous field alerts were issued then righteously ignored
she perceives what they perceive because she’s the receiver
she plucks strings out of the air and makes music
with the shapes and colors of her thoughts
but she always eventually returns to her loneliness, alone in her room
she conducts in-depth interviews with herself
what a Sweetheart Deal
she, a lead investigator, using unproven non-laws of science
led her employees to warn authorities about her writings
and stockpiles of field alerts stored in medical garden files
and flowers of “what-to-do” and “how-to-do-it” folders, trees, and shrubs
her thoughts always move back and forth
between insane and lunatic
(thanks to the ghosts of her former friends floating around in her head)
watching TV she was hit over the head with inertia reinforced by corporate media
corporate marketing, she’s the receiver, helps her perceive what they perceive
it makes her want to secretly let old society housed “in the ( false ) shell of the new” fall
and then stop anyone from trying to catch it
while watching TV she thinks that everyone
should sit back and enjoy some “hopey-changey” stuff
( yes we can! )
and throw away votes in ballot boxes acting like trash cans
her confessions caught on video tapes and paper records
were set adrift on the hot flames in the fireplace in her room
her perverse obstinacy rose
she knew, she knew
her eccentricities and deficiencies were
cute only to her eager suitors and not to her employees
she knew evidence should not exist ( Goodbye! )
nor should existential pouting which is like walking on a treadmill
happiness can only be found in letting go of desire
scientists are built on the feedback they receive
and now she knows that fact
and now she knows what her employees
and what companies want
a nice liberal equivalent of right-wing fantasies about “family values”
fortunately, she could not comply
Into bars where people no longer speak to each other