Sunday, September 28, 2008

Channeling Barthes

Todd Gitlin has discovered his inner French semiotician.

Frolicking in the playground of cultural myths, Gitlin concludes:
The warrior turned lawman confronts the community organizer turned law professor. The sheriff (who married the heiress) wrestles with the outsider who rode into town and made a place for himself. No wonder this race is thrilling and tense. America is struggling to fasten a name on its soul.
I anticipate some really infuriating campaign ads coming out of this analysis.

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