[-empyre-] some thoughts on complicity

Gerry Coulter gcoulter at ubishops.ca
Sat Jan 9 06:38:11 EST 2010

Given the current state of the globalizing system of promotion -- no, I dont think complicit can be thought of without carrying a perjorative connotation. It is precisley the perjorative connations enveloping complicity that have made this discussion so interesting so far ... especially inasmuch as they have been avoided

you wish to avoid binaries but speak of original sin?


From: empyre-bounces at gamera.cofa.unsw.edu.au [empyre-bounces at gamera.cofa.unsw.edu.au] On Behalf Of Johanna Drucker [drucker at gseis.ucla.edu]
Sent: January 8, 2010 1:04 PM
To: soft_skinned_space
Subject: Re: [-empyre-] some thoughts on complicity

I wonder if it is possible to keep complicit from carrying a
pejorative connotation? I meant for it to be a description, not a
judgment, that exposes the inevitable condition of participation in
cultural conditions as the place from which we each think, work,
write, live. I'm not a religious person, but in a way, this is
equivalent to acknowledging a form of original sin in cultural terms
-- that we are all always part of the conditions we survey. Does that
make sense? I'm trying to avoid binarisms that might spring up by
putting complicit on one side of a value judgement, that's all.

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