The Terrible Terribleness That Exists Within A Terrible Criticism
From "Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences" by Jaques Derrida in Keesey's Contexts for Criticism:
Quote 1: "Thus it has always been thought that the center, which is by definition unique, constituted that very thing within a structure which governs the structure, while escaping structurally" (354).
Quote 2: "The center is at the center of the totality, and yet, since the center does not belong to the totality (is not part of the totality), the totality has its center elsewhere" (354).
Ladies and gentleman, this is why we proof read our papers. I am not implying that Derrida did not proof read this, however, any idiot could see the lack of variance in this man's vocabulary by these two quotes (that happen to appear two sentences apart). How is a person supposed to to take him seriously when he writes sentences like this, especially in the beginning of his paper? Honestly, I could not get over this fact while I was reading the entire article. Almost nothing he said sunk in or made sense. I would expect this kind of writing from a middle to early high school student, not a published critic. I was disgusted to see the repetition he used because I think that he thought his work was clever. These sentences have a similar effect as the definition of a word in the dictionary which uses itself to define it. When a person looks this word up, they know nothing more than when they started. I expect better out of an essay that is supposed to educate me. I think that I could teach this man a thing or two.
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