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Limited Language by Colin Davies
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Jan 23, 2012

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Read from November 03, 2010 to January 23, 2012

"As such, we have never needed design and design writing more to help make sense of our world." These are Limited Language's last words, and I couldn't agree more. The book itself, though, gets about halfway there in delivering on this promise. I've never really visited the Limited Language blog, but as evidenced from this book, the editorial (and commentary) content is refreshingly ambitious, intellectually. The book is most successful when it directly addresses the issues around the intersection of design and technology with concrete examples and applications. Unfortunately, many of the writers are still beholden to Postmodernism's sacred cows—Derrida, Debord, Barthes, Bourriaud, Baudrillard, McLuhan et al—which often clouds the arguments in unnecessary abstraction. Considering, though, how obtuse academic writing can be, Limited Language succeeds often enough to warrant interest.
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Su Su Hi Eric, thanks for this great review, your comment about the writers being beholden to Postmodernism's sacred cows says to me you prefer other theorists, who might they be?

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