-1ENGA10: Lecture 2 - September 21 st
5 myths of modernity:
The myth of progress:
à Loss of transcendental certitude (we’re drawn to models of this, because it’s absent,
it’s loss. In all these reality shows we watch, someone has to get voted off - if you don’t
adapt. GPAmimics transcendental certitude. We don’t know who we are, but our GPA
helps define us. It judges us. Also: money, love, sex, drugs)
à advertisement tells us who to be, it always caters to “you”
à whether we believe in god or not, we need faith.
à Dorian Gray, Lord Henry is the MC telling him he’ll be voted off. His entire worth is
based on his looks, but he wont always have his looks.
à Dorian Gray makes a mistake: traditions looking backwards: Basil. Materialist looking
à Basil things of Gray as an ideal, as perfection. He loves to paint him.
The myth of perfection:
à if you consume property, you will achieve perfection (20 and 21 century) st
However, perfection is unattainable. Why do we pursue it? Systems of deferral
à Dorian is scared, he is young. And the two older men do not guide him.
à Dorian Gray puts the painting in the room that he used to play in when he was a child
because his grandpa didn’t want to see him, because he reminded him of his mother.
Grandpa went to have son in law killed, and out of grief his own daughter died. No one in
his family would look at him, so it’s no wonder that he loves when people look at