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Hermeneutics Video 9

September 22, 2009

What I find most interesting in this video is that there are many levels of “pre-understanding” necessary to comprehend, appreciate it, get its ‘message’, and find it ‘humorous’… from Star Wars to 9/11 to bin Laden hiding out, etc. etc…

If someone was unfamiliar with the Star Wars movies then this would probably be difficult to grasp. I suppose ‘intertextuality’, a hermeneutic of suspicion, or weaving narratives together to create new meaning (JEDP) could be possible conversations amongst other topics.

In most class rooms today you would probably have persons that have never seen the films which would be a perfect teaching opportunity as you could discuss why some people ‘get it’ and some don’t and what is required for interpretation and understanding.

Video originally from: College Humor

HT: Drew Tatusko

14 Comments leave one →
  1. September 22, 2009 4:03 pm

    good point. there are two strands of literature here just like the gospels: the story about jesus and the story that the author is trying to craft (e.g. matthew and the new moses).

    too bad every damn person has seen star wars. but even then, if they were not aware of the complex narratives around 9/11 it would sound strange.

    • September 22, 2009 7:44 pm

      You would think everybody has seen them but I still had to make my wife watch them when we got married!

      • September 23, 2009 2:00 pm

        My wife still hasn’t sat through any Python movies with me. Of course, I doubt I’m as intimidating as a semipro-professional-semipro again hockey player. 😉

        Seriously, though, she told me when we met that she had a very highly developed sense of humor. But she just doesn’t “get” British humor.

        Four kids and seven years later, I’m thinking maybe I was sold a bill of goods…

  2. Michael B permalink
    September 22, 2009 5:05 pm

    So if we had no context for this little narrative, we might have difficulty understanding particular elements of this story? And make less relevant details the central point, while missing the intended point?

    Drink blue stuff out of a glass stein; it’s a biblical principle.

    • September 22, 2009 7:45 pm

      Well played Michael… well played.

      • September 23, 2009 12:40 pm

        like in life of brian when they start arguing about whether to follow the shoe or the mighty gourd of jerusalem! i use that clip for any presentation on sectarianism.

        now…f off!

  3. Margaret Hebron permalink
    September 24, 2009 12:12 pm

    Hey Scott, just found your blog. Added to my Google Reader! Nice to meet you today.

  4. Nathan permalink
    September 27, 2009 1:24 am

    This is fantastic, on so many levels.
    Your dad was only telling me about this at church this morning.

  5. September 28, 2009 7:10 am

    What I think is interesting is that the more you know, the more there is to learn / hear / notice. There are so many things to know, not just about Star Wars, but also about 9/11. Each time you recognize something, you can see how it isn’t just a “conversation” but that there’s a subtle message in what’s being said as well.


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