Saturday, June 24, 2006

Autonomous Rebels Unite!

Well, there's this. (Via K-Drum)

Looks like I'm an Automomous Rebel, too! Maybe we should have a club? No, wait, that won't work...

Incidentally, unlike KD I'm not a Boomer...but I'm not a Gen-Xer, either. Technically, I'm a 'Tweener. (People habitually mistake me for being a lot younger than I am. I like to think it's because of my boyish good looks, but the more popular hypothesis has something or other to do with immaturity...though I'm not sure about the details because I usually phase out when that lecture starts.)

But if you check out that "Autonomous Rebel" page you'll see that it's a hilarious buch of bullshit. "Knowledge is power" my ass. I mean, it is, in some sense, but that's anything but a motto for me. Needless to say, that's a motto for the Baconians, among whose number I would not be counted. If the most obvious alternative to the Baconians in this regard is, roughly, Aristotelians who think that all men by nature desire to know, and that knowledge and the satisfaction of curiosity are ends in themselves...well, that's where I'd probably put me, for what it's worth.

And, as for "the personal is poltical," my considered opinion on that is "bite me."

On second thought, there's no real reason to take this test. KD said it would be amusing, but I think he made a mistake.


Blogger Tom Van Dyke said...

Y'know, WS, these things can't be razor-sharp, but this was quite instructive. More about you than me. But more about that later.

I came out, contrary to the (and my) predictable "Rational Traditionalist," and not to my own disapproval as to my concept of the real me, as a "Connected Enthusiast."

Strangely enough, tho, after I cut out the parts of the URL that had to do with only YOUR results, and before I took the test myself, I saved the internet address in case I found it worth sharing with others.

Surprising from some selfish Republican bastard, which I am, let's face it. Neither would I expect a conscientious communitarian (or pedagogue) to not provide such a link in the first place. ;-]

But a rebel's a rebel. I somehow suspect that Johnny (sp?) Quest is perhaps being a good sport and an even better future wife by indulging her man's existential follies, showing a confidence in him that he will find his way, a confidence he doesn't yet have himself. Women do such things.

(One's personal life is of course personal, but since you have put it up on display here on your blog, WS, I have taken that as you putting it on the table.)

---What are you rebelling against?

Marlon Brando: Whattaya got?

Marriage, for one, Marlon. Me, I just celebrated my 20th wedding anniversary. I remain, at least for now, a connected enthusiast. Rebellion is overrated.

12:20 AM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

It's a fair question, and one that would, at this stage of my life, require some thought... That in itself is telling...

But you've got JQ all wrong. She's every bit as Quixotically cantankerous as I am.

Actually, though, I don't fancy myself a rebel. I'm more fond of the 'autonomous' part. (Incidentally, we both border on 'connected enthusiast'.)

What I really found insulting and angrifying was that they had be also bordering on 'Disconnected Darwinist.' Them's fightin' words in my book...

Anyway, short answer: I'm rebelling against IRrational traditionalism.

7:56 AM  
Blogger Random Michelle K said...

That's odd. I thought you were a best just a couple years older than I am, but you got shoe horned into the boomers, and I got shoved into the GenXers.

Officially, Boomers are '46 to '64. I don't know where GenXers fall in.

I got labeled New Aquarian, with a second of Security Seeking Ascetics. New Aquarian just sounds offensive to me, although I did get to join Sarah Michelle Gellar and Rage Against the Machine. But I thought I fit better with the Security Seeking Ascetics. I mean, "I'd prefer a job that offered me satisfaction, but stability is my top priority" is pretty much my life. :)

I think the problem I had with this test is that "Rational & Traditional" and "Personal Autonomy" are not opposites. In theory, the opposites should be, "Irrational Non-Conformists" and "Police State"

But I have to admit that I like quizes like this, because I like how they make me stop and think about things.

9:45 AM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

Oh, dude, you're in with SMG? I'm envious... Though I DID get MLK...

And I agree..."New Aquarian" is just off-putting as hell.

And to be remembered: I think this was just put together by some marketing guy. So, fun though it might be, it's not like there's any serious thought behind it.

9:54 AM  
Blogger Random Michelle K said...

Yup. I got grouped with Buffy. (smug look)

Which reminds me... didn't you say once that you were going to dress up like Spike for Halloween? I still wanna see pictures of that. (grin)

And I didn't mean that the whole thing had serious thought, only that answering the questions can be thought provoking if you let it. As in, "How important IS money in my life?" (So says the woman who is spending a lot of the stuff this summer on her house. [Vacations are for wimps. We're getting a stair-free entrance to our home instead.])

1:03 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

How come you get Buffy and *I* got grouped with Pamela "Who the hell is Pamela Wallin" Wallin?

Stay tuned...Spike may very well be this year's costume! That should be a freakin' riot...

1:46 PM  
Blogger Tom Van Dyke said...

Oh, I bet she'd say yes, WS, unless I misoverestimate your charm.

3:08 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

Aw shucks...

But we both go back and forth on the questions. We're identically torn on the issue.

7:33 AM  
Blogger Tom Van Dyke said...

How could you live with one so long and have learned nothing about women?

I smell a rat.

2:49 AM  

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