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[Xmca-l] Re: Trump's speech and Perezhivanie
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- Thread-topic: Trump's speech and Perezhivanie
I will share an impression I had as I listened to a particular group being interviewed who were inspired by the Trump speech.
The group were ‘the biker’s for Trump’. I asked what symbolic form they were inhabiting or living out? The answer i came up with was the modern symbolic of being ‘On the Road Again’ and distancing from the perceived limitations of social con/striction. Then Thelma and Louise came to mind.
Now how does this modern American cultural imaginary of being on the road again inter/sect with Trump’s speech.
Trump said now there is only the future. No doubling back. The form changes, but there is a deeper (layered) imaginary being expressed that is shared between the biker’s for Trump and Trump’s speech. This symbolic (taking multiple forms) is profoundly anti-historical in rhetoric. It creates ‘dramatic places’ in which people ‘fall into’ and become animated and encouraged and re-enchanted and re-vitalized. There is a re/lease from perceived constraints.
Alfredo, My impression watching the inauguration and the motivating dramatic place Trump opens for some while sending a shudder down the spine for others. The myth of escape from the shackles of history runs deep as a symbolic imaginary that takes multiple ‘forms’ in the American dream.
This is only one quick pass through as an impression.
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From: Alfredo Jornet Gil
Sent: January 21, 2017 12:46 PM
To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
Subject: [Xmca-l] Trump's speech and Perezhivanie
Dear Helena, Andy, all,
Unfortunately, I have not been able to find the time to watch the movie Fate of a Man, but I have followed the very interesting analyses and conversations about it. I am opening this thread as connexions between those analyses, perezhivanie, and current tragic social and political situation in the US and elsewhere. This also connects with the article that Mike shared on the position of the Learning Sciences with regard to this situation (how happy I was to see this initiative!).
In particular, I wanted to pick up on Helena's very true comment that "the US is going to have to produce some works of scholarship or art, or both, that attempt to explain what is happening now here in the US -- for example, this afternoon, under President Trump."
Yesterday, we saw at home Trump's speech. Although we had followed Trump's campaign and its denigrating tenor, it was yesterday, for the first time, that my wife and me got this gut feeling of true tragedy, of a real *drama* as we heard those empty, but to recover the prior article for discussion, hollowed and hollowing words coming out of that mouth. It came upon us that there may be lots of people for whom those words are not hollowed, but actually encouraging, rich, beautiful. How can you hear that as beauty?
So, I was wondering, and in following up with our 2016 MCA Issue 4 discussion, whether we could not actually conduct an analysis of the sort Marc offers in his article of the perezhivanie. Just as Vygotsky explains how 3 different children experience the situation of an alcoholic mother differently, could not we perform an analysis ?of that perezhivanie in which a person experiences yesterday's situation as one of encouragement, of freedom and hope. Would that not be a way to try to understand what is going on? This would not be a piece of art, but could be something we could do to try to understand and change this situation.
We could then contrast that perezhivanie with the one many of as have, in which the situation is experience as a real TRAGEDY. I think in the first case, there is no hope for change, there is contempt; in the second, hearing those words as hollowed and hollowing require that you live the situation as a doubled situation in which you experienced it from a very different developmental stage. One in which the speech sounds as a case of involution.
Should we find the transcribed speech and perform such analysis?
Going now to support the Woman's march here in Victoria BC.