BOREDOM

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Activism is supposed to be the opposite of boredom, but activists know otherwise. Another meeting, another greeting, another shouting of the same rhymes that signify being inconvenient to the powerful machinery of normative reasonable explanatory noise, whatever whatever. And then, there's the emotion work that collaborators must do just not to murder each other for being impulsive, passive aggressive, aggressive, moody, always the same and never predictable, not interesting or too interesting, not agentive or too agentive--this list could go on and on and be boring in its own way.

Politics is a war of attrition where the endurance of the less powerful in the face of not mattering to the powerful is a victory of sorts. Not being defeated is the bottom line. It is boring to live so close to the bottom line so long and so predictably. One wants the bottom line to shift. But living in the space of activist boredom is the real estate situation of anti-normative or radical commitment.

Perhaps we should also shout out, here, to the boredom of people at their jobs, in their intimacies. But there we would also have to say that people like conventionality, predictability, intelligibility too. So we need good political vocabularies for understanding AMBIVALENCE, incoherence, and bargaining with a desire both for aliveness and a pleasant, spreading boredom: we need to think about Adorno's concept of pseudo-activity, and Zizek's mobilization of contemporary life as the decaffeinated sublime, without presuming that the opposite (dramatically lived consciousness and ecstasy) are where people would be happier, if they could afford the down payment.

Fabu definitions of boredom on the Web:

* A chosen state of mind brought on by laziness and the firm belief that others are in charge of the so supposedly afflicted person's own entertainment.
www.geocities.com/astximw/firestop_terminology.html

* is a filter that smartly blocks the old, degraded traces of a long forgotten inspiration.
www.a-studio.nl/en/writings/abc/

* the feeling of being bored by something tedious
wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn

* Boredom, or ennui (pronounced "on-we," this French word comes from Old French enui, root of the English word 'annoy') is a reactive state to wearingly dull, repetitive, or tedious stimuli: suffering from a lack of interesting things to see, hear, etc., or do (physically or intellectually), while not in the mood of "doing nothing". Those afflicted by temporary boredom may regard the affliction as a waste of time, but usually characterise boredom worse than just that. ...
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boredom

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