You may have heard about Postmodernist Deconstruction? Have you wanted to know more about it?Well, start with the Postmodernism and the Deconstruction articles on the more than excellent free user-written encycolpedia Wikipedia. That should give you a good concise overview of what Deconstruction is all about, as well as what its critics say about it.For some unconventional criticism, read Chip Morningstar: How to Deconstruct Almost Anything, where a software engineer takes a jab at it.Deconstruction advocates refuse to define it in a precise manner. This give the opponents more ammunition calling it everything from being obscurantist, to imprecise, mere wordplay, to outright gibberish.Some of the postulates of Postmodernist Deconstruction are:
- (a) Language is imprecise, and has no inherent meaning, and thus communication between humans tend to lose the message.
- (b) Rhetoric often masks logical arguments.
Deconstruction techiques certainly have some merit: For example, if you look at war mongering politicians, or populist demagogues, or religious firebrands, you tend to agree with the above premises to a certain degree. Or, if you look at many people, and most societies, you will find that they focus on form rather than content, (e.g. color of hair -- probably a dye!), fashionable/attractive attire, or margins/fonts/punctuation in a report), these often take more weight and importance than the real substance (an individual's personality, contents of a report), you cannot help but agree.