Posted by: HAT | April 14, 2014

Why This Blog?

yard work on a mission trip

An example of producing a productive environment

Hi, Gang!

The idea really is to practice utopian discourse. Who knows what that means, though? If only to say “don’t rightly know,” this blog would be part of that project somehow ideally. Whether or not practically, again, who knows?

The professors at Michigan State in the 1970s taught that we human beings are products of our environments – historical, social, cultural, political, economic, psychological, as well as physical and chemical, of course. They also taught that we are dialectically related to those environments. That is, we are produced producers producing our producers as our products. Later on, people talked much more about discursive constitution or generation, the idea that the produced producers of productive productions take on the identifiable identities they take on and experience themselves as the experiencing subjects they experience themselves as in and through their participation in discourses. That is, people are not only productive producers of products and relations of production that produce them, people are also, at some risk of oversimplification, narrated narrators who therein are always already interpretively identified and interpolated improvisational interpreters of the interpretively interpolating identifying identifications that are embedded and emplotted and embodied in those narratives.

Totally seriously.

So, say we have the idea of this basic framework to work with, and the idea of these productively produced subjects and their discursively constituted subjectivities to think about.

What about the subjects of utopia? Who or what produces them? Who or what produces utopian subjects? What discourse constitutes utopian subjectivity? Or, utopian subjectivities? Or, what discourses, or kinds of discourses, constitute utopian subjectivities? What kind of utopian subjectivities, if there are different kinds of those, arise from what kind of utopian discourse, if there are different kinds of those?

More precisely: how do the dystopian subjects that human beings mostly are, the discursively constituted subjects of productive productions other than utopia, arrive or find themselves somewhere they can begin to devise discourses that constitute subjectivities that will want to and will imaginatively improvise interpretive possibilities, that will want to and will creatively create possible environments, other than those other than utopia?

More simply and directly: how would people like this ever change? And what would ever make them want to?

Just asking that question seems possibly to be, already, an element of something that might possibly be utopian discourse.

The idea here really is to practice utopian discourse. Who knows what that means, though? But if only to say “don’t rightly know,” this blog would be part of that project somehow ideally. Whether or not practically, again, who knows?

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