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11/30/2011

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'Generate cool' is such a perfect expression for the way in which moral, political and social judgements are formed.

One really can't be too vigilant about it in one's own thinking. "Cool" is really another word for "fashionable," and I think fashion is underestimated as an influence among intellectuals. What's that line from Orwell or somebody about the harm done by "fear of seeming insufficiently progressive"? I think it's really broader than that--fear of seeming unfashionable/uncool.

'Generate cool' is such a perfect expression for the way in which moral, political and social judgements are formed.

Indeed.

One really can't be too vigilant about it in one's own thinking.

I agree.

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