Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Oh no she dint!

Broadcasting live from Crunch Central, Caleb Stegall quotes yours truly from my comment on the previous post. He writes,

I described the need to preserve, protect, and in some cases, revive, a truly social sphere distinct from either the state or the individual which can create a sense of home — which I hear echoed in the comments about Boston above — that is “not just four walls and a roof” but encompasses “the highways and byways that weave together the strands of memory, church, kin, work, and play into a place of belonging; home in this sense is seen and ought to be experienced as the central focal point of man’s contact with God; with the divine and holy ground of being.” None of this is aimed at fetishizing tradition for tradition’s sake.

Well, around here Fenway Park is certainly "divine and holy ground," and it's interesting to note that when talk of building a new ballpark came up five and six years ago, the real deep fans (i.e. the ones who were there on opening day in 1987) were generally thrilled by the idea of a modern stadium. The "Save Fenway Park" crowd on the other hand was composed mostly of Back Bay anthropology professors and South End real estate agents who, if they ever actually set foot in Fenway, would spend the whole time admiring about the left fielder's butt and whining that you couldn't get a glass of pinot grigio. What gives them the right to claim the mantle of "tradition" over lifelong fans without whose support the institution they claim to love would not exist?


Blogger Bubba said...

I naturally stand to be corrected, but I imagine that Caleb's response would echo another part of that post:

"...perusal of the blog shows that I began with a caution concerning the dangers of overarticulating tradition — or of tradition with a capital T. Instead the focus should be on those 'honest and uncompelled aspects of daily life' that arise when one daily disciplines 'the body and mind to order themselves according to their place and heritage.'"

The fact that people who champion some traditon are often not those most affected by that tradition would be, I imagine, a symptom of over-articulation.

So far as I can tell, what's been missing from this entire debate is an explanation of when the dangers of overarticulation are worth it.

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