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Re: [xmca] Polls are closed: Manfred Holodynsk's article is choice

So what can be meant by "societal meaning" then, Helena? Material objects (such as the bank building, and the various human bodies involved, and books and ledgers, coins, etc.) are "societal" in the sense of being universal. But "meaning" implies to me an act of "interpretation" of material objects, something particular. And if the Politburo is not there to ascribe the one societal meaning to material things/processes/events, what on Earth can "societal meaning" be?


Helena Worthen wrote:

Before this gets too long, I'll just say that I agree, there is no
omniscient observer to tell us what the "societal meaning" of something
is. In fact, if Manfred and I were standing in line at that bank where
this happened, it might be fun for us to compare our "personal sense" of
what we saw.


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