Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Intertextuality and Prozac

So, one of my favorite aspects of "blogging" is what a college writing professor once described as "intertextuality," the references between written work that create a sort of mini-universe of related thought. Obviously the Internet takes this to the extreme, where hyperlinks are one of the most useful parts of its architecture. I like the idea of multimedia intertextuality, where my blog can become a part of larger trends in thought and argument. So, although I have yet to really develop a cohesive theme for this blog, I thought I'd share a post from Megan McArdle's Asymmetrical Symmetry blog at The Atlantic.com where she nails, just absolutely nails, what I think is the rational case for medications like Prozac and whatnot in the face of a widespread cultural suspicion that it has some sort of dampening effect on the "real" self:
"Rather, I am disputing the notion that there is a true self, either au natural or chemically enhanced. Both the pre- and post-medication selves regard themselves as the "true" self, with, I think, roughly equally valid claims. For that matter, both Megan McArdle two hours ago and Megan McArdle now regard(ed) themselves as my "true" self, even though they are slightly different. People don't need to justify their decision to feel better by saying that the self that feels better is closer to some sort of platonic ideal of me-ness. It's enough simply to want to feel better. The best justification for medication is that the medicated self wants to keep being that way, while the unmedicated self wishes it were fundamentally otherwise."
Reason is just so awesome.

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