As promised, here is the link to the article by journalist Joanna Slater in The Globe and Mail March 15, 2017. Some followers set up an app on their phone to be notified when Donald Trump tweets; others make him one of their prioritized feeds on Facebook.
What are the connections between the fláneur, making strange, and the digital humanities?
The flâneur’s perspective in Charles Baudelaire’s ‘À une passante” http://fleursdumal.org/poem/224
I just wanted to say how much I appreciated today’s discussion. I love how we are able to talk about such concepts so openly, and how honest we all have been. It’s actually really special that we are able to share our opinions in such a radically non-judgemental space. Pretty cool. I really really appreciate the honesty and our riveting conversations, not just in today’s class, but from all of them. All of you are incredibly intelligent, and wise, and thoughtful, not to mention passionate.
I found this Ted Talk of these two really beautiful people, and I wanted to share it with all of you. The two of them actually spoke at the University of Alberta for the PLLC program there, which a friend of mine is a part of. She actually got to talk to them which is pretty cool.
They’re very cute, and their message is powerful. It touches on the complexity of the individual human (one that is irreducible), otherness, challenging societal constructions and categories, and of course love. I don’t agree with everything they say, but that’s ok. There’s nothing wrong with that.
Yeah… it’s not directly related to our class discussions, but I think it gives hope in light of the polemics going around.
Plus, Kim quotes a very profound and revolutionary statement by Brandon Wint. It touches on strangeness:
“Not queer like gay.
Queer like, escaping definition.
Queer like some sort of fluidity and limitlessness all at once.
Queer like a freedom too strange to be conquered.
Queer like the fearlessness to imagine what love can look like, and to pursue it.”
Hope you all have an amazing weekend,
The more formal term for “making strange” is “stranger anxiety” or “separation anxiety”. There is a huge variety in how much and how intensely children make strange, but it is thought that they can make strange up until 4 years of age.
How is it that we are afraid when we are living in one of the safest times in human history and in the safest part of the globe? Why are we “making strange?”