What a pleasure it is to flee into the silly, the artless, the crude! So what are we afraid of? Why do we grasp for self-justifying declarations – “that’s so bad that it’s good” – to gain ironical, objective or dialectical distance?
What’s wrong with our guilty pleasures? Do they threaten our self-image as self-empowered, comprehensively reflective and knowledgeable subjects? This symposium seeks to sound out our fear of the stupid.