Monday, August 07, 2006

A Committed Intentionalist Commits Bodily Harm

On an "innocent" Raiders fan. Sad, really. Who roots for the Raiders anymore besides my husband?

Here's what happened:

—Which just goes to show that even a committed intentionalist can be fooled by situational semiotics, particularly when he brings with him to the interpretative moment a host of extraneous personal and cultural baggage that serves no other purpose but to pollute the specific authorial context—a lesson that would have proven useful had I reminded myself of these truisms before I landed that last series of flying atomic elbow drops to the poor kid’s thighs.

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