David Kolb

Fragmentation and the Formless Center

Centers have been out of intellectual and political fashion, because they have been often oppressive. We both celebrate and worry about postmodern fragmentation as we enact it in our technology, while fearing hidden centralization. But centering is important. I would like to mull over some issues concerning centers and criticism. I want to agree with Gregory Ulmer that argumentative critical thinking is not enough for dealing with our technologized hyper-experience. Then I will discuss an underlying issue: centered subjectivity and critical stances within the mediazed world.

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