Is speech immaterial to meaning? Is there a self-defeating impossibility of public discourse and are meaning of strings of words simply a ritual in the community sense of the argument? The only way to substantiate the dialog coming from a Joe Biden is to place his this public speaking phenomenon/spectacle within the context of a Wittgenstein. We could say that for a public language, the words “private sensation” are irrelevant, not surprising since language is public. Are Biden’s private sensations so overpowering and do things, or events, to which the phrase “private sensation” attempt to refer, exist?Is Biden in the grip of linguistic forces he does not understand?
If so, can we devise ways to comprehend Biden’s private language, something evidently not part of the everyday public language, for referring to them? The key question is whether the notion of a language “which only I myself can understand” can be accorded any substantial meaning to begin with. Perhaps Biden is a first mover, a key to Chomsky linguistic theories of universal communication across cultural divides.Or, where Nim Chimsky failed….
The other option is to regard Biden as a form of populist commercial art show style Warhol. The reproduction of his gaffes on a near commercial basis does serve the cult of celebrityAs Warhol’s populist commercial art shows, reproduction serves the cult of the celebrity, both as person and a product; commercial export. He is a peculiarly personal commercial product, one with evident crowd pleasing personality. Think Warhol’s crowd art. I liken Biden to a mode of spectacle art that meshes seamlessly into Adorno’s concept of the culture industry where the vice-president is anchored into the realities financial markets and mass culture. For Adorno, art was a victim of mechanical reproduction, and with Biden’s performances disseminated across multiple media platforms,- like Henry Jenkins “if it doesn’t spread its dead”- he is also an agent and mode of deception like all reproduction.
Still, we all enjoy privileged membership in the society of the spectacle, like Guy Debord and his commodity within market based society. Warhol, who rather ingeniously self-titled himself a “business artist” business artist, was also a sought-after celebrity artist. Like Biden’s public performances, Warhol was also a servant of the society of the spectacle;an artist who, like it, much preferred appearance to reality, like Biden and politics in general, and who glorified appearance at the expense of reality. Like Biden and almost all Western political classes, appearance is used to obscure and deny reality.As Debord so intuitively saw, the society of the spectacle is our postmodern society, the dominant culture that has somewhat cowardly surrendered a claim up on external and internal reality. Everything is treated, manipulated and shaped as a codified appearance devoid of aesthetic content. Can we blame it on Marcel Duchamp?
Language must be a public device and there can be no private languages that refer only to an individual’s private sensations. This is because private sensations cannot be adequately categorised without external criteria. A person using their own private language would find themselves introducing new rules whenever needed, and for Wittgenstein, a game in which anything could be included as a rule is no longer a game. Such languages would be impossible to teach to others, and therefore would not be languages.( Silby)
Vice President Joe Biden’s talent for using many words to say little or nothing — or worse — was never more conspicuously displayed than during his trip to China.
At Sichuan University on Sunday, after Biden delivered a 4,600-word speech, a student asked him about the importance of public speaking. “That is a very good question,” Biden said — as he launched into an 863-word answer….
…In the midst of those 863 words, Biden paid a tribute to brevity — in an incoherent sentence of 68 words.Read More:http://nation.foxnews.com/vice-president-biden/2011/08/24/biden-s-incoherent-68-word-sentence
“The White House transcribed this Bidenesque brilliance as follows:
“And so language, the ability not only to master the ability to put your ideas into words succinctly on a platform to communicate ideas to your own people, it is even more impressive when you have the capacity to do that and communicate your ideas, especially as future business and political and moral leaders of the world in the language of the people to whom you are speaking.” Read More:http://www.sodahead.com/united-states/did-barack-obama-send-joe-biden-to-china-to-prove-that-the-usa-was-in-decline/question-2108983/
Earlier today Politico broke the astonishing story of Joe Biden supporting the charge by Democrat Congressman Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania that Tea Party Republicans had “acted like terrorists” over the debt issue. According to Politico’s report, based on eyewitness accounts:
Vice President Joe Biden joined House Democrats in lashing tea party Republicans Monday, accusing them of having “acted like terrorists” in the fight over raising the nation’s debt limit. Biden was agreeing with a line of argument made by Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) at a two-hour, closed-door Democratic Caucus meeting….
…“We have negotiated with terrorists,” an angry Doyle said, according to sources in the room. “This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money.”
Biden, driven by his Democratic allies’ misgivings about the debt-limit deal, responded: “They have acted like terrorists,” according to several sources in the room. Read More:http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/100099341/joe-biden-compares-the-tea-party-to-terrorists-is-this-the-most-crass-and-nasty-white-house-in-modern-us-history/
“At the same event, Biden congratulated Sichuan University for counting “amongst its alumni some of the most illustrious figures in recent Chinese history.” He then hailed Sichuan’s late graduate Zhu De as “one of the most illustrious figures and a founding father of the republic.”
Zhu De, in fact, was the commander of the People’s Liberation Army and a full partner with Chairman Mao in transforming the world’s most populous nation into a communist dictatorship. “Zhu De was one of the most important members of the CPC’s first generation of leading collective with Mao Zedong at the core,” says the Communist Party of China Encyclopedia….
…This “founding father of the republic,” as Biden called him, was a key figure in a regime that outlawed the Roman Catholic Church to which Biden himself belongs.
While lauding Chinese communists in China, Biden was tongue-tied in trying to explain the greatness of America and our people.
“It’s hard to define what an American is,” Biden said in his speech at Sichuan. And apparently it is too hard for Biden.” Read More:http://www.sodahead.com/united-states/did-barack-obama-send-joe-biden-to-china-to-prove-that-the-usa-was-in-decline/question-2108983/a