Deconstructing a… take-away menu

We don’t normally post fake news such as ones from the Onion, but this one is an exception. It is not fake. It is true. An exploratory mini-survey among current and recent PhD students in sociology and related disciplines has shown that “Jon Rosenblatt”‘s case is not at all unique. We’ve all been there, done that. Sociological imagination gone wild! While trainee dentists look at your teeth as you speak, medical students try on tens of deadly diseases every day to find that they fit the symptoms, perfectly, and engineering students survey the design and durability of each and every human-made artefact, we sociologise and deconstruct.

“Jon Rosenblatt, 27, a Harvard University English graduate student specializing in modern and postmodern critical theory, deconstructed the take-out menu of a local Mexican restaurant “out of sheer force of habit” Monday.

“I can’t help it,” Rosenblatt said. “Even when I close my eyes at night, I feel myself deconstructing things in my dreams—random stuff like that two-hour Dukes Of Hazzard reunion special or the Andy Warhol postage stamp or commercials for that new squeezable gel deodorant. I’d say I’m going crazy, but that presupposes an artificial barrier between societally preexisting concepts of ‘sanity’ and ‘insanity’ which themselves represent another false dichotomy maintained for the preservation of certain entrenched elements of the status quo and… Oh, God. I’m doing it again.””

Read full article here: Grad Student Deconstructs Take-Out Menu


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