[R-G] Re: Re: Yoshie's post on Geofrey White's essay
quibuyen at optusnet.com.au
Wed Jun 2 05:37:34 MDT 2004
I'm amazed how some so-called activists are so eager to spit out insults at
the first opportunity. Your analogy misrepresents my argument. The correct
analogy is that of a physician who is explaining to me why I have a
cold--because of a virus--something that virtually everbody already knows
about. Most people outside of the US already know the banality of American
patriotism--so, what's the point of repeating it to us non Americans? That
was my question to Yoshie.
I made my comment because I know Geofrey White--I know his politics--I've
spent four years in the East West Center as a scholarship grantee (for my
Ph.D). White was not illustrating Chomsky's point. White cited Chomsky
precisely to dismiss him, and develop his own thesis. This should be obvious
to anyone who knows how to read. There is something insidiously rightwing
about White's argument--but to discern this you'd have to read him
critically enough. Floro
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> Date: Tue, 01 Jun 2004 08:52:57 -0500
> From: Carrol Cox <cbcox at ilstu.edu>
> Subject: Re: [R-G] Re: Yoshie's post on Geoffrey White's essay
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> Floro Quibuyen wrote:
> > What exactly is the point of Geoffrey White? In his Japan Focus essay,
> > keeps reifying the "nation" and keeps using "we" as if everybody shares
> > images that he conjures. A careful reading of his repeatitive and
> > tendentious essay shows that such images have been promoted by the
> > mainstream media (NBC, USA Today, Time magazine, Honolulu Advertiser)
> > certain members of the ruling elite (senators, congressmen).
Learn to read.
> You merely repeat White's point. The point you try to make is exactly
> the point white was making.
> White is explaining a particular instance of the process Chomsky labels
> "manufacturing consent."
> By your logic, a physician who explains how you caught Chicken Pox is
> actually giving you chicken pox.
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