Knowledge Is Power

Listening to Kink On Tap this week reminded me of the ever widening gap between what passes for information and knowledge these days. I like Kink On Tap, applaud what they are doing, so this is no way a critical assessment, merely an observation.

What leaped out at me was how outrageously taken out of context the quotes from Camille Paglia’s article talking about the drug Flibernasian, and bemoaning the poison of “bourgeois propriety“.  Kink On Tap discussed briefly an article that was written using two quotes from Camille’s article somehow placing the blame for middle class white folks lack of sexual satisfaction on the social networking phenomena of 2009.

It was odd that the hosts of Kink On Tap were not aware of Camille Paglia, given that they counter second wave anti porn feminist, they were not familiar with Camilles 1990 treatise Sexual Personae, or her work in general. I don’t agree with all that Camille writes but her essays are a relevantand useful tool in the sex positive “movement”.

Sexual Personae, attacked the academic, and cultural inbreeding that has spawned such creatures like this anti porn group. Camille celebrates the sexually risque, the queer, androgynous cultural history that is hidden from society.

There is so much information in the world, but very little knowledge, you can scroll through news groups, or social networking sites. After a while though its much like riding in a car on a freeway through a busy city, lots of bumpers stickers slogans, soft porn billboard advertising, and consistently dull uniform retail outlets.

I like Kink On Tap, hope they will maybe sift deeper through some of the raw material that is being produced, smelting that information into the hard steel of knowledge.

~Jay

2 Responses

  1. I haven’t seen Kink on Tap but having just read Remittance Girl today I thought, if you haven’t already, you would like to as well.

    http://remittancegirl.com/discussions/feminism-sex-work-and-the-big-wide-world/#comments

  2. Thanks for the link, I havnt stopped by Remit Girl in a while.

    Interesting post, its unfortunate that kind of crap goes on. Cant we all just be like NZ 😉

    Kink On Tap caters to the under 25 crowd, but the fun thing about their podcast is they do it live and you can participate in the chat while they record. So one can at least contribute or point them in the direction of substantive information.

    JM

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