Tuesday, 12 February 2008

Why All The Buzz About The Mosquito?

The UK seems to have a systemic problem with 'Youth', especially that category of 'yoof' that hangs around mini-marts in small towns with a swaggering attitude, usually with some agressive looking dog as a rap-esque 'aggro-ornament'.

That Something is rotten in the state of Britain is a problem created for the social researcher!

The latest solution a low level sonic weapon is typical of the type of idea that comes from the 'managerialist' mind set. An attitude that frames problems and their solutions from a staunchly Positivistic outlook. i.e. There is one reality, clear causes and effects, things that can be measured and changed with one off interventions. Now, don't get me wrong I'm definitely not a wishy washy relativist. I don't believe gangs of teeneagers have a 'right' to gather in ways that distrurb (implicitly or explicitly) our peace and sense of well- being. Neverthless, the behaviourist techno-solution is hardly the most imaginative solution to a complex problem.

How can a remote technical device stand any chance of generating the 'inner' change that is needed by these individuals. Multiple 'low level' interventions of a mixed sort might stand more chance here! Why not descend into Chaos another way :)

For an additional view see: .Humemes

The solutions that we come up with depend on our interpretaion of the 'truth of the matter' and that...is where the trouble really starts:

RR says:
David Lynch (2001)suggested that a map might be just the thing for anyone who is “lost in the thickets of the contemporary debate” regarding the complex problem of truth. As well as providing a navigational device, the idea of maps also provides an immediate example of the sorts of issues that can arise when considering the subject of truth. Alfred Korzybski (1941) remarked that “the map is not the territory”, claiming human beings can never access a true representation of reality because human sensory apparatus and language act as a sort of interpretative ‘middleware’ between the real world and the ‘knower’

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