Saturday, March 01, 2008

Meme and the Slow Learner

Thanks to Fido the Yak, I've now been involved in my first internet meme. WooHoo!

The steps are:

1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five bloggers.

I'm going to modify the last step by tagging just two bloggers: Carl Sachs and Orla Schantz.

The book which happened to be nearby was The Dialectic of Enlightenment: Philosophical Fragments, by Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno. The first three sentences after the fifth are:

"Culture has always contributed to the subduing of revolutionary as well as of barbaric instincts. Industrial culture does something more. It inculcates the conditions on which implacable life is allowed to be lived at all."

Image: “This was a young man who attempted suicide via bb gun. This exceptionally slow learner shot 4 bb's into his left nostril and one into the right before he figured out that this was extraordinarilly painful but not likely to kill him.” -- from


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