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Re: <nettime> Rudeness as a public service


> Rudeness is a public service. So is humour. So is memory. So is meaning.
>  So is thought. 

And, don't forget SATIRE . . . particularly Menippean Satire, which is the 
sort where the satirist "puts on" their own audience.

Jonathan Swift and Alexander Pope come to mind . . . as does Marshall McLuhan 
. . . not to mention Bob Dobbs. <g>

Remember it was McLuhan who quipped (while stage-side at some Toronto 
topless-bar), "The stripper isn't taking her clothes off . . . she's putting 
her audience on."


Mark Stahlman
New York City

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