I’m busy so, instead of writing my own stuff, I’ll just point at the efforts of some other bloggers.
This at Fisking Central is a point worth making over and over again:
Utopia doesn’t refer to a better world; it’s used to describe a perfect world.
Belief in human perfectability—and its accompanying rejection of all that is imperfect—is not aspirational. That’s ideology. It may be part of the human condition but at best it’s just untrue and at worst it’s totalitarian.
UPDATE: Shuggy piles in too.
Holyhoses Bob is teaching media studies, a discipline I’ve defended in the past. That doesn’t mean I’ll defend many of the people teaching it. Bob, however, is probably good at it, given that he makes a reasonable go of compressing the entire emergence of popular music into one short blogpost. It’s not perfect, but could you do better in the same space?
(This month, Sound On Sound printed a sweet interview with Les Paul about how he had to invent multi-track tape recording to make his and his wife’s version of How High The Moon. I’d be happy to email you a copy—for pedagogical purposes of course.)
In contrast to media studies, Freudian psychology is a monumental con, a multi-layered pseudoscientific cult so rich in deceptions and so damaging to real scholarship that it doesn’t deserve even a measured and insightful entry in an online journal like Mick Hartley’s, but he’s obviously a big softie.
James Hamilton, who comments beneath that piece, is (as someone like Instapundit might put it) blogging up a storm lately at More Than Mind Games. There’s so much interesting stuff to read there I don’t know what to link to.