Alexander Chung
YOUR TONGUE IS A
VANDAL
The tongue is the most treacherous organ.
It’s constantly disobeying orders.
And it gets away with so damn much.
Imagine the social damage that a
Freudian slip of the bladder would cause.
All we want from our tongues is
cooperation. A reliable partner that allows
thoughts to leave the body gracefully.
But all we get is
unruliness.
We’ve tried so hard to contain our
tongues. Some bite lips, while others
prefer the muffling effect of socks.
But, what are we holding back?
What if we gave the
tongue more
opportunities to
explore its rouge side?
An opportunity to be uncooperative.
An opportunity to “rock out like you’ve
been paid to disturb the peace.”
Anis Mojgani
Should every conversation unravel like
a thread on 4Chan? No.
But, there are ways we can modify the ‘cooperative principle’
Make your contribution such as it is
required, at the stage at which it occurs, by
the accepted purpose or direction of th...
There are ways to subvert the accepted
purpose of a conversation or the intended
meaning of a person’s words.
ALEXANDER CHUNG
Debates are perfect examples.
ALEXANDER CHUNG
I listened carefully to the debate:
“The Catholic church is force for good.”
John Onayekan
For Against
Ann...
ALEXANDER CHUNG
I was most compelled when a speaker
served an opponent’s point back to them
after defacing it with some li...
ALEXANDER CHUNG
26% of health institutions
that treat HIV are run by
the Catholic church.
John Onayekan
ALEXANDER CHUNG
The Catholic church is
100% responsible for
condemning condoms.
Christopher Hitchens
ALEXANDER CHUNG
View of the church as
dominated by hierarchy.
a
clutch
of hysterical
& sinister
VIRGINS
who are the only o...
ALEXANDER CHUNG
the
is not about
PRIESTS
its about a
in costume
LARGER
CHURCH
Community
View of the church as a
global com...
ALEXANDER CHUNG
It’s a severe crisis. We need to
apply the most loving pastoral care
to these victims.
“
Joseph Ratzinger ...
ALEXANDER CHUNG
It’s a severe crisis. We need to
apply the most loving pastoral care
to these victims.
“
I’m sorry, haven’...
In all these examples, it’s clear how the
speaker uses an idea against itself.
Kind of like that guy
who fucks with the
subway ads.
Some hypotheses
Good vandals are ironic.
Whether debaters or culture jammers.
Good tongues are not held back by bitten
lips but, rather, placed firmly in cheek.
Good communication environments treat
vandalism as sense making not insolence.
Good conversation is not about saying the
right or ‘nice’ thing.
Good decks shouldn’t need further explanation.
But then again,
interesting things
happen when ideas are
lost in translation.
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  1. 1. Alexander Chung YOUR TONGUE IS A VANDAL
  2. 2. The tongue is the most treacherous organ.
  3. 3. It’s constantly disobeying orders.
  4. 4. And it gets away with so damn much.
  5. 5. Imagine the social damage that a Freudian slip of the bladder would cause.
  6. 6. All we want from our tongues is cooperation. A reliable partner that allows thoughts to leave the body gracefully.
  7. 7. But all we get is unruliness.
  8. 8. We’ve tried so hard to contain our tongues. Some bite lips, while others prefer the muffling effect of socks.
  9. 9. But, what are we holding back?
  10. 10. What if we gave the tongue more opportunities to explore its rouge side?
  11. 11. An opportunity to be uncooperative.
  12. 12. An opportunity to “rock out like you’ve been paid to disturb the peace.” Anis Mojgani
  13. 13. Should every conversation unravel like a thread on 4Chan? No. But, there are ways we can modify the ‘cooperative principle’
  14. 14. Make your contribution such as it is required, at the stage at which it occurs, by the accepted purpose or direction of the talk exchange in which you are engaged. “” Paul Grice
  15. 15. There are ways to subvert the accepted purpose of a conversation or the intended meaning of a person’s words.
  16. 16. ALEXANDER CHUNG Debates are perfect examples.
  17. 17. ALEXANDER CHUNG I listened carefully to the debate: “The Catholic church is force for good.” John Onayekan For Against Ann Widdecombe Christopher Hitchens Stephen Fry VERSUS
  18. 18. ALEXANDER CHUNG I was most compelled when a speaker served an opponent’s point back to them after defacing it with some light graffiti. I visualized a few examples
  19. 19. ALEXANDER CHUNG 26% of health institutions that treat HIV are run by the Catholic church. John Onayekan
  20. 20. ALEXANDER CHUNG The Catholic church is 100% responsible for condemning condoms. Christopher Hitchens
  21. 21. ALEXANDER CHUNG View of the church as dominated by hierarchy. a clutch of hysterical & sinister VIRGINS who are the only owners of THE TRUTH Followers & Victims Christopher Hitchens’
  22. 22. ALEXANDER CHUNG the is not about PRIESTS its about a in costume LARGER CHURCH Community View of the church as a global community. John Onayekan’s
  23. 23. ALEXANDER CHUNG It’s a severe crisis. We need to apply the most loving pastoral care to these victims. “ Joseph Ratzinger on the institutionalization of rape in Catholic churches :
  24. 24. ALEXANDER CHUNG It’s a severe crisis. We need to apply the most loving pastoral care to these victims. “ I’m sorry, haven’t they already had that? Christopher Hitchens
  25. 25. In all these examples, it’s clear how the speaker uses an idea against itself.
  26. 26. Kind of like that guy who fucks with the subway ads.
  27. 27. Some hypotheses
  28. 28. Good vandals are ironic. Whether debaters or culture jammers.
  29. 29. Good tongues are not held back by bitten lips but, rather, placed firmly in cheek.
  30. 30. Good communication environments treat vandalism as sense making not insolence.
  31. 31. Good conversation is not about saying the right or ‘nice’ thing.
  32. 32. Good decks shouldn’t need further explanation.
  33. 33. But then again, interesting things happen when ideas are lost in translation.

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