The Gray Lady (Heart) Perverse Egalitarianism

Well, at least Mikhail, that is.  NY Times blog links to PE–kudos to you Mikhail.  Your post is listed under the Editor’s selection (not choice, however). Do the NY Times blogs still count as the Gray Lady?  Plus, this should finally give you the American bourgeois legitimation you crave so much my crusty Kantian friend!  I mean, I’m just happy when they offer me a chance to pay for a full years subscription to the NYT!

Worth a Read: Editor’s Selections

Credit Card Rosary

Killing the Buddha

Badiou: Bad for Philosophy?

An odd comment to an old post about a lecture by Ray Brassier in which I made some rather sarcastic comments about Badiou’s seemingly “monstrous” project of a little Lacan, add some Mao, a bit pinch of set theory, some Plato and voila, a philosophical system:

Badiou is bad for philosophy as he not only ’sets’ up unnecesary barriers to understanding, but he also furthers the divide within philosophy – while all the time radical orthodox theologians (not the run of the mill creationist straw men) gather around and wait for philosophy to collapse. Badiou is bad for philosophy and so are his students.

By no means am I committed to protecting Badiou’s project, but this comment strikes me as strange as it is reactionary. I’d be interested in hearing precisely why Badiou and his students are so dangerous.  Truth be told, I liked the dismisal of the Radical Orthodox theologians who, in all fairness, I haven’t read since I don’t read theology, but I would also like to hear more about the “run of the mill creationist straw men.”

State Of The Blog: 200th Post (Emelianov Version)

I know, I know, it seems that it was only yesterday that a group of us decided it was time to enter the new world of blogging, but it’s been several months now and I think it’s going well – we’ve gained some readers, made fun of some things, settled into our areas of preference and even lost a valuable member (virtual r.i.p. to the founding member Lou Deeptrek – a pseudonym chosen by a close friend who did not have time or energy to continue posting and decided to commit virtual suicide – sad, sad, sad) – but Shahar and I are going strong, I think (Paco’s posting with some regularity as well)… I don’t have much to say about the ‘state of the blog’ but just that I find it to be an excellent outlet for my interests that have little or nothing to do with teaching philosophy or reading the types of articles and books that takes up most of my free time, so it is certainly cathartic and useful.

Some future goals: Continue reading

Parody, Always Nice

Egalitarianism + Perversity? Healthy and Biting Sarcasm? General Mockery? If you enjoy all of these things (at once) as much as we here at Perverse Egalitarianism do, then be sure to have a look at The Cultural Parody Center. We applaud your blogging etiquette and your contribution to the development of new forms of cultural theory.

The Cultural Parody Center have announced their Parody Oscar Nominations for 2007:

Most Pretentious Blawg of The Year

The Poetry Sewer (

For overdosing on neoRomanticism; for maintaining Oxford-branded snobbery whilst having no sense of humor whatsoever.

The Unmarxist Unsupernanny (

For his insidious attempts to throw rivals into the syntaxic grid. For inspiring blog debates without having the guts to lose them.

The Decapitated (

For selling word salads as high-culture literary theory.

Worst Evangelical Nerd Blawg of The Year Continue reading

12-Tone Music For Mediocre Bloggers

As things got a little too serious here, I think we have forgotten the main inspiration behind this blog – to equip you with enough knowledge to join the interweb with your own effort at blogging.  Now, one of the most essential attributes of a mediocre blogger is the ability to mention and quickly describe very complex ideas in order to make an appropriate impression.  However, sometimes one needs to actually know a little bit about that complex idea in order to create the appropriate illusion of expertise. This is where we come in – take, for example, a 12-tone music – it is always cool to mention it as an example, because the majority of people would assume not only that you are a sophisticated person, but also that you know your musical harmony.  Here is a video from always helpful New York Times that explains to you in 7:48 mins everything you need to know about 12-Tone Music – enjoy and you can thank us later when your opponents are convulsing at your feet because you struck them down with your cunning mention of Schoenberg and the 12-Tone scale.

More Rules: Mediocre Forms of Argumentation

Bravo, Lou Deeptrek, but you left out a few rules. In contributing to the generally mediocre space of the interweb one must keep in mind that the only effective way to engage in arguments, disputes and/or disagreements is to

1. Make use of the ad hominem form of effective argumentation!

2. Make sure that the dispute is always merely verbal, but insist that it’s actually a genuine dispute!

3. Following from 2, be sure to NEVER define terms properly, after all, definitions are intrinscially slippery!

4. Qualify every statement with “Because I said so,” “it is, jerk,” or even, “Willard Quine was my friend, as an undergraduate I bathed him in his later years, that’s fucking why.”

5. Finally, make use of the highly effective method of argumentation called appealing to an authority, but only if this person is not an authority.

If one follows these rules, the mediocre is sure to be “brought.” So bring it, “it” being the mediocre, of course.

Rules Of Mediocre Blogging: Be Self-Referential and Affected.

As we begin this important venture and bravely thrust ourselves into the magic world of Mediocre Blogging (MB), it is important to discuss some basic rules that are absolutely necessary in order to succeed in any endeavor of such ambition.  This fateful night I will discuss the important rule of Self-Reference – I will not claim that it is, in fact, the most important rule, but it is certainly up there with the best of them.  How would one characterize this seemingly elusive rule? I will courageously attempt to formulate it in a following way:

Rule of Self-Reference: When composing an entry for your blog, always refer to yourself and your life situations as if there are millions of people out there eager to learn about every single detail of your existence!  

It is important to remember that, even though the likelihood of your thoughts being anywhere near interesting and important is very small, you are the sole master of your blog and thus you are the author of an important contribution to the universal pursuit of knowledge! Your thoughts are not simply important, they are essential for the eventual survival of the humankind – the seeds you sow today will return with hundreds thousands of people pointing their fingers at you and exclaiming: “If not for his/her blog, I would still be an unenlightened plebe – Long live the author of this particular MB!”  Do not be afraid to constantly remind your readers of how important it is that you have chosen to share your thoughts with them and how deep is the abyss that separates you, the Mediocre Blogger, and them. Allow me to give you an example that would have to do for tonight as I am exhausted from an important discussion I had with some very important people this evening:

Example: Imagine that you are preparing a posting on an important cultural event.  You could proceed like everyone else and simply give the reader your objective description of what took place and your objective evaluation of the event. Or you could throw in some important, even if highly prejudiced, personal observations interspersed with phrases like  “As I always say in situations like that…” or “I remember when I met [insert important person] and [important person’s first name] and I were discussing exactly this kind of situation and I said…” or “and I thought to myself: doesn’t it remind you of that one time when you…” (speaking of yourself in third person in your own blog is extremely important).  Keep information about your personal life and views obscure enough to provoke considerable puzzlement and awe, but do give some details that would suggest your awesomeness without vulgarity and outright boasting. So instead of saying: “As a University of Chicago student…” say something like “As a frequent Hide Park visitor, I once bumped into John Smith at the Seminary Co-Op bookstore, strangely enough, we both reached for the recent French translation of the important German version of a distiguished Slovenian philosopher’s first book in Hungarian.”