Friday, February 24, 2006

America the Imaginary?

Americans cannot laugh at their "culture" because they do not quite know what it is. They laugh at themselves as individuals, but cannot laugh at themselves as a people. One cannot laugh at what one cannot define, and definition is the essence of humor; it is the flash of unexpected recognition that evokes laughter. In post-modern usage, humor is essentialist, or to say the same thing, post-modernism is humorless.


America cannot understand the culture of other nations, because it has no culture of its own.

"Spengler," Asia Times

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