Epilogue: Finding Our Minds
It is difficult to change our minds about language—or anything else—when our minds feel or appear lost. This, losing one’s mind, is the effect of constant “shock events,” unsolicited, unexpected, and unregulated, and the attendant rolling barrage of bad news, falsehoods, and partisan invectives. In the epilogue, the authors suggest faster-acting antidotes than the more durable routines of critique, correction, and care endorsed in the book. In three personal reflections, they ask what other kinds of jolts—surprises or confrontations—can help bring the readers closer to “refusing the spoils of interactional hegemony,” which is how the book defines linguistic disobedience. The suggestion is to turn to the artifacts, writings, or objects that can baffle without inducing chaos or harness visual and material properties of language generatively.
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