Mos Def’s Study In Post-Modern Thought

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

There’s some discussion about this clip where Christopher Hitchens intellectually eviscerates Mos Def on Bill Maher’s excreable TV show. Some see a case of racism. Says James Joyner:

While I agree entirely that this is an absurd pairing, it’s most definitely not a racist one. Sandefur has apparently never seen “Real Time with Bill Maher.” The premise of the show, from its inception more than six years ago, has been to pair politicos and pop culture figures in discussion. (Whether the point of the exercise was to demonstrate that the latter are morons or that their opinions are equally valid, I could never determine.)

I see a case of stupid post-modern thought. Or rather, emotionalism disguised as a feeble attempt at argumentation. Here’s the video:

But really, the focus should be on what Mos Def says.

He starts out fine enough by asking the other panel members, Christopher Hitchens and Salmun Rushdie this question,”What is the Taliban and al Qaeda’s political objective?” He doesn’t seem to like the answer, however, and asks again.

When, in exasperation Bill Maher says, “They’re bad. They’re bad motherf*ckers.” Mos Def responds with, “I’m not wearing an al Qaeda T-shirt”.

Christopher Hitchens jumps in and says,”This sounds like this is news to you.”

Mos responds,”I don’t believe something just because it’s on CNN.”

Translation: There is no objective truth.

Mos then tells a story about a Black Panther woman in Cuba who ostensibly didn’t commit a crime she’s accused of and so says he’s suspicious about what is said about al Qaeda because “this kind of thing happens all the time in my community–maybe not in your community.” The audience clapped.

Translation: Al Qaeda is being framed for crimes they didn’t commit even with the obvious evidence of the Twin Towers down in front of my face.

So Christopher Hitchens says,”So you’ve never watched a Bin Laden interview.”

Mos Def replies,”I don’t speak Arabic and I don’t trust the media.”

Translation: Unless I see it with my own eyes, it’s not true. Only my own experience is truth.

So then Christopher Hitchens licks his chops and goes in for the rhetorical kill. “You’ve already told me you won’t take it just from me. Do a bit of work on your own account.”

Mos Def is then caught by his own argument and says, “I’m from Compton and I’m not afraid of no answers.”

Hitchens responds to that inane diversion with,”I’m from Hampshire.”

Mos then says,”I’m strong enough to hold an an unpopular opinion. I can think on my own.”

Hitch says,”We’re just waiting for evidence that you do that.”

Hitchens then says,”You said earlier that you thought Bin Laden was a mythical figure.”

Mos Def says,” I said that he was promoted like a mythical figure and I have a right to feel that way.”

Translation: My feelings matter more than facts. There is no objective reality, just my interpretation of my experience.

Mos Def then says,”You don’t have any right to cast my thought process into dispersion.”

Hitchens says,”Yes I do, because I think it’s a very stupid position to have.”

Translation: No one can criticize my thoughts. Thoughts and ideas are me. So by criticizing them, you criticize me.

Hitchens then says,”I know you.”

Mos Def says,”Don’t pretend to know me.” He then turns to Maher and says,”You had to know this was going to happen.” [Maher takes umbrage at this and says, “No.”] Mos finishes with,”Maybe I’m just black and paranoid and sh*t.”

Translation: So instead of an argument that started out on ideas, it’s become a personal attack.

There isn’t much to say with all this except to say this is a classic conversation with a Leftist. There is no winning the argument because it ceased to be an argument once the ignorance was revealed.

H/T Infidels are Cool

PJM Andrew Klavan

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Depressed? Turn Off The TV

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Each year, people head into shorter days, get bored, turn on the tube, get more depressed and then new research comes out saying that when days get shorter, you’re bored, and then you watch more TV, you get depressed. Still it’s worth noting that watching the one eyed monster [a reader informed me that this is a naughty euphemism to which I say,”To the pure, all things are pure”, but since most of you are not pure, I shall pick a new metaphor] boob tube excessively rots your brain, saps your energy, and makes you miserable.

Here’s the latest:

The University of Maryland analyzed 34 years of data collected from more than 45,000 participants and found that watching TV might make you feel good in the short term but is more likely to lead to overall unhappiness.

“The pattern for daily TV use is particularly dramatic, with ‘not happy’ people estimating over 30% more TV hours per day than ‘very happy’ people,” the study says. “Television viewing is a pleasurable enough activity with no lasting benefit, and it pushes aside time spent in other activities — ones that might be less immediately pleasurable, but that would provide long-term benefits in one’s condition. In other words, TV does cause people to be less happy.”

So there you go. The cure, people, is socializing. The internet is really a social network. So, for your health, you should read my blog more.

H/T John Little

The Other Sarah

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Watched the other Sarah kick some butt (actually get her butt kicked) and had some questions. Before we get to them, I’d like to take this opportunity to extend my condolences to all those who had Tom Brady on their fantasy football teams. What, you got to gloat like five minutes? Also, it is not sacrilegious that I didn’t watch Green Bay without Favre, the big crybaby. I didn’t really care about Green Bay before, as I’m a Lions fan (emails of pity and scorn may be sent to, except that Favre’s season last year was amazing and he’s old for a football player.

So, that is why I watched the Sarah Conner Chronicles instead of football. Also, I’m sick of politics for like five minutes and decided to give my brain a break by watching guns and blood and guts and machines and caricatures of bad guys (girls) with British (technically, Scottish) accents. The accent makes the bad guy (girl) sound smarter.

Here’s the questions (SPOILER ALERT): Why, when the good-then-bad terminator Cameron had a message to “terminate” the future savior of the world had the opportunity to do so, didn’t she do it? What was up with the love talk, “I love you John.”

Theories? Inside information?