FROM DE-CONCEPTING THE DIALOGUE TO DE-DIALOGUING THE (DE-CONCEPTED) CONCEPT

I had a strange experience today where some grumpy little micro-blogger reacted to my tweeting a link to the preceding post on my blog with this phrase: « tabloidisation of blog posting… »

This is how the grump functions on twitter, proliferating acerbic little comments on just about anything and everything, or so it may seem.

Usually he leaves me alone, especially since a few years ago he made a fool of himself by actually discussing the content of my tweets, unusual for him, and actually admitting that he hadn’t understood what I was talking about and putting the blame on me.

Today I was censured acerbically and pithily for my linking on Twitter to a blog post that I had elaborated little by little also on Twitter in dialogue with some interlocutors who belong to very different conceptual milieux and with whom I have little contact, except perhaps for an interest in a contemporary attempt to understand Deleuze and to situate his ideas in relation to the problem-situations of today.

In Badiou’s terms we, the interlocutors, engaged in a divergent dialogue, each with their own conceptual heuristics. Even the most cursory conceptual (non-grumpy) attention to the dialogic context would have revealed that the few sentences exchanged between us were in effect the tip of some very different conceptual icebergs, vaster than the grump can take in with his twitter eyesight.

I myself am grateful to my interlocutors and thank them for enabling me to pursue my analysis further.

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