The prof asked us to come up with research questions from each. As I was doing so, I was thinking of web 2.0 technologies like those listed under the Virtual Me header at right … web services that allow anyone to record personal information, history, events, thoughts, experiences. Here’s my question for deconstructionism:
How does recording personal history and artifacts – which necessarily presents a static, freeze-frame version of the self – subvert the concept of identity by representing a dynamic, mutable substance as a stable, unchanging essence?
A good deconstructionist question should be subversive of itself … should deconstruct itself and its own language just as much if not more than whatever concept it purports to analyze.
Coming up with that was fun.