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I put it on the backburner as something I would write about in the near future because, quite frankly, Schlemiel Theory has been busy with several different philosophers, books, and comedians over the last year. And why? What caused the shift from irony to awkwardness? The U. Al Qaeda was nationless, nihilistic, and armed with box cutters. This is incorrect and misleading.

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Start your review of Awkwardness Write a review Dec 31, Jacob rated it really liked it The machinery of social engagement is greased by the application of a sort of non-engagement -- the rules and conventions, explicit and implicit, that bound and steer our interactions.

Kotsko calls these gaps awkwardness, and he argues that it is the defining mood of our time. He starts by establishing a typology of awkwardness, walks his framework through three The machinery of social engagement is greased by the application of a sort of non-engagement -- the rules and conventions, explicit and implicit, that bound and steer our interactions.

He starts by establishing a typology of awkwardness, walks his framework through three examples from TV and film, and ends by sketching out a radical politics grounded in an embrace of awkwardness. Mostly, it works. This is disappointing, considering some of the wonderfully deadpan bits that Kotsko has produced for years at The Weblog and on the other hand, the worst of all genres is the internet book review.

It would start, perhaps, with stories about my best friend in high school dating the authors sister. But it would be largely irrelevant, except perhaps to illustrate the point Kotsko makes at the beginning of this text: we live in an age of awkwardness. Its become a recognizable and indeed ubiquitous social symptom. Our generation seems to find itself almost daily in social situations in which we dont know the appropriate roles or cues to I should write a truly awkward review of this book.

We live awkwardly, sometimes painfully so. Kotsko begins his short, cogent, and ultimately encouraging examination of awkwardness with a brief philosophical reflection on awkwardness and a historical survey aimed at explaining its origins. Kotsko argues awkwardness should be understood as a breakdown in social norms, analogous in human relationships to the breakdown in norms Heidegger analyzed related to boredom and death.

Historically, Kotsko finds the origins of our awkward age in the cultural revolutions of the s. Briefly, the argument is that though these social upheavals did away with many of the constrictive social norms governing relationships whether between classes, genders, or races , they did nothing to replace them.

People learned the importance of cultural sensitivity and the dangers of political incorrectness, but rather than liberation the result was fear of offending by saying the wrong thing. This analysis of television comedy is the meat of his work.

Kotsko proposes to examined three forms of awkwardness using three popular television or movie examples. Kotsko here contrasts the American version with the British to argue that everyday awkwardness is not, as often perceived, simply the presence of inherently awkward people. The genius of the British version, Kotsko argues, is that it illustrates that awkwardness is something created by the work environment itself.

The second form of awkwardness Kotsko explores is "cultural awkwardness. The lens he choses here are the films of Judd Apatow. Apatow movies such as The Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up focus on the awkward transition from an extended adolescence or stunted adulthood into the perceived healthy, actualized maturity of a committed relationship. Finally, Kotsko examines the work of Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm as an example of what he refers to as "radical awkwardness," the awkwardness that arises when social norms break down entirely, primarily through interactions between different social groups or classes with overlapping or contradictory social norms.

Larry is a Jewish man from New York interacting with successful Hollywood stars, and much of the awkward comedy from this show, Kotsko relates, comes from Larry trying and failing to integrate into these social structures.

This is also where Kotsko makes his most audacious claim about awkwardness: that it can help us understand St. Rather than flee from awkwardness or try to eliminate it by allowing one group to assimilate the social structures of another, Kotsko says we should understand St.

Instead of shunning or avoided awkwardness, Kotsko concludes, using a particularly powerful illustration from Curb Your Enthusiasm, awkwardness should be embraced. When this happens, he suggests, there can be freedom, acceptance, and joy. The first is the question of radical awkwardness within families. If awkwardness is the breakdown of social norms, how should we understand the fact that some of the most awkward situations arise between people of shared social and familial backgrounds?

Is this simply an example of how radically insufficient these norms have become? Is there room in the analysis of awkwardness for technological awkwardness, arising from the growth of devices and communication that have outstripped the ability of social conventions to evolve alongside?

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Start your review of Awkwardness Write a review Dec 31, Jacob rated it really liked it The machinery of social engagement is greased by the application of a sort of non-engagement -- the rules and conventions, explicit and implicit, that bound and steer our interactions. Kotsko calls these gaps awkwardness, and he argues that it is the defining mood of our time. He starts by establishing a typology of awkwardness, walks his framework through three The machinery of social engagement is greased by the application of a sort of non-engagement -- the rules and conventions, explicit and implicit, that bound and steer our interactions. He starts by establishing a typology of awkwardness, walks his framework through three examples from TV and film, and ends by sketching out a radical politics grounded in an embrace of awkwardness. Mostly, it works. This is disappointing, considering some of the wonderfully deadpan bits that Kotsko has produced for years at The Weblog and on the other hand, the worst of all genres is the internet book review.

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