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Or so we are told
There is content and there is form.
Content is what is said - a matter of words and concepts. Form is how it is said. It is syntax, diction, imagery.
This distinction between content and form is harmless enough. But shifting to content as form and form as content gives us a new experience of the world. A new freedom to understand, sense, and explore without sticking to an explanation or interpretation.
Published in Hyperrhiz
Van Oudheusden, Michiel, Frédéric Claisse and Hans Boeykens. “The Bullshit Cartoon Abstract: In Praise of Creative Academic Writing.” Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures, no. 24, 2021. doi:10.20415/hyp/024.e02
Academic Bullshit: A Cartoon
Bullshit is often seen as the enemy of truth but this fine collection of cartoon bullshit abstracts (summaries of fictional scientific research papers) shows us that it can also be a source of creativity and delight – and from an unexpected source: academia. The time has come to recognize scholars for the bullshit they offer society in the form of technical jargon and expert accounts unrelated to anyone's experience, such as the role of cabbage in nation building and the risks of inhaling pet fur.
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