ViennettaLurker t1_jeeclgb wrote

Just off of my first impression I'd say it made me think to pay extra attention to the negative space in the piece.

I get the irritation. And specifically words like "spacialities" or "materiality" which often in many sentences could be rounded back down to "space" and "material" and more or less still be as functional in getting a point across.

But 'weasel words' is a bit much to me. I dont think these things are consistently deployed by people who don't know what they're talking about or trying to get away with something. And its only blabber in specific instances. Obscure word choice to the point of total confusion? Sure. Sentence density to the point of painful? Yes.

But it all means stuff. Something eyerolling like "working through a semiotic lens" is still useful as long as you're familiar with the word semiotics. And when you are familiar, that part of a sentence could actually replace a much larger 'ordinary' series of words. On its own, its not 'blabber'- it can mean something just fine.

And its not pseudo academic, either. Again, depending on the particular instance. A lot of these things are very strictly academic. What I may grant is that they are unnecessarily academic.

But for me at least, its all just industry talk. Its no less eye rolling to me than when people started tacking on "going forward" to every office conversation or for whatever reason we decided "color way" was such an urgent replacement for "color scheme" or (gasp) "color" in product descriptions. You hear industry talk of any kind and it can be easy for it to sit clumsily in your ear, and feel maybe a bit too extra from time to time.


ViennettaLurker t1_jea7iyp wrote

I'm sorry but this feels super opinionated. Not to say there can't be pretentious artists statements, etc. But drawing an audience to specifically notable features, the artists intent, and so on, shouldn't be discouraged. And it shouldn't be too horrible to throw in some five dollar words.

People round these things up to 'pretentious' a bit too frequently in my opinion. Honestly your sentence isn't pretentious at all, maybe a bit garbled or clumsy but it would be a mostly fine starting point for what to look at and pay attention to.


ViennettaLurker t1_j90wupn wrote

It really is true. And seeing people helping others with directions on the subway was actually the first moment I had this thought. The stereotype really isn't true for the most part. There was an older person on the train asking for help with the stops and like 3 or 4 people did not hesitate to help immediately with amazing advice and conversation. Such a sweet moment.

New Yorkers are totally nicer than you think, particularly love helping with directions like on a train, and then will be like "WALK LEFT STAND RIGHT" on the escalator out the station.


ViennettaLurker t1_iz62b82 wrote

Living leads to crime. Fear of death leads to crime. Crime leads to crime.

Cops. Cops on cops. Never not cops. The crowding continues as cops increasingly have no space to move, pushing each other into the cop streets and jamming up the cop avenues. What is the solution? The brightest cops are put on the case.

After the discovery that the answer to every mathematical equation is "cops", a new field of cop science emerges. A deputized electron microscope aids in the creation of micro-cop technology to address the cop on cop crowding. As cops copulate with other cops to birth baby cops, micro cops fill the gaps between them. The previously understood limit of overall cop density is turned on its head. While human scale cops are jammed shoulder to shoulder and elbow to elbow, micro cops swarm around their waists and between their legs.


ViennettaLurker t1_iz5ozam wrote

Hunger leads to crime. Homelessness leads to crime. Alcohol leads to crime.

Cops. Cops everywhere. Always cops. Cops crammed into every sandwich, bedroom closet and microbrew. More cops. More more cops. No government workers but cops. Trillion dollar budget for cops. Cops solve the problem of too many cops. You're a cop. I'm a cop. We all have to be cops. The island of Manhattan lifted up from the ocean on the backs of an army of cops. No more trains only cops carrying cops to other cops.