Complex and Contradictory

I am tired of reading that x is “complex and contradictory.” This is not an argument worth reading. It is barely an argument. It is a tic. It should be eliminated from all academic writing.

But I still have to wade through that 1980s and 1990s stuff that states x is “complex and contradictory.”


2 thoughts on “Complex and Contradictory

  1. It does sort of illustrate how reliant so much critical thinking still (implicitly) is on a distinction between simple mass culture and complex high art, a distinction people keep pointing out is ridiculous because so many people still imply it without even mounting a defense of the claim.

  2. You are a far more generous and insightful reader than I can be right now. My critical generosity has expired for the year. It’s a good thing the semester is done, as is most of my grading.

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