[lit-ideas] Re: Theory and Praxis

  • From: John McCreery <john.mccreery@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Lit-Ideas <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 12 Jan 2016 12:47:23 +0900

Chris,

Thanks for this. Daktari is, for me, a complete bolt from the blue. I never
saw or even heard of the show. That is, I suspect, because when it was
aired, 1966-1969, I was in graduate school at Cornell, was caught up in the
anti-Vietnam War movement, and wasn't watching much TV.

A Google search for "Daktari" produces all sorts of interesting links,


Search Results

   Daktari - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
   
<https://www.google.co.jp/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0ahUKEwjggNm3raPKAhUCiKYKHdufAC8QFggcMAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FDaktari&usg=AFQjCNEKc81ZSKrg7HoZjTtzFZLA9YQfcg&sig2=k8XUaK_mRlAH-BP7DphXNQ>
   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/*Daktari*

   
<https://www.google.co.jp/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=DAKTARI&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&gfe_rd=cr&ei=F3aUVrqpL6uT8QeB8a_4Dw#>
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<http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:K2obsdkT7wUJ:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daktari+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=jp&client=safari>
   Daktari (Swahili for "doctor") is an American children's drama series
   that aired on CBS between 1966 and 1969. The series, an Ivan Tors Films
   Production in ...
   ‎Concept <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daktari#Concept> - ‎Cast
   <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daktari#Cast> - ‎Episodes
   <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daktari#Episodes> - ‎Production notes
   <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daktari#Production_notes>
   Daktari (TV Series 1966–1969) - IMDb
   <http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059977/>
   www.imdb.com/title/tt0059977/

   
<https://www.google.co.jp/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=DAKTARI&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&gfe_rd=cr&ei=F3aUVrqpL6uT8QeB8a_4Dw#>
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    Rating: 7.1/10 - ‎470 votes
   Created by Art Arthur, Ivan Tors. With Marshall Thompson, Cheryl
   Miller, Hari Rhodes, Hedley Mattingly. Dr. Marsh Tracy was a veterinarian
   running an animal  ...
   Daktari Animal Hospital <http://www.daktari.gr.jp/en/>
   www.*daktari*.gr.jp/en/

   
<https://www.google.co.jp/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=DAKTARI&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&gfe_rd=cr&ei=F3aUVrqpL6uT8QeB8a_4Dw#>
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<http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:5_a6fUUzRZQJ:www.daktari.gr.jp/en/+&cd=3&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=jp&client=safari>
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<https://www.google.co.jp/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=related:www.daktari.gr.jp/en/+DAKTARI&tbo=1&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjggNm3raPKAhUCiKYKHdufAC8QHwgxMAI>
   Daktari Animal Hospital stands on the foundation of the human animal
   nature bond-ship, which cares for both people and animals. We practice the
   US standard ...
   Daktari: The Complete First Season (Preview Clip) - YouTube
   <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z438rv_BMGc>
   ▶ 2:56 <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z438rv_BMGc>
   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z438rv_BMGc
   Nov 11, 2011 - Uploaded by warnerarchive
   An orphaned baby elephant? A lion with a brain tumor? Call Dr. Marsh
   Tracy! This lovingly remembered show ...
   DAKTARI Home <http://www.daktaribushschool.org/>
   www.*daktari*bushschool.org/

   
<https://www.google.co.jp/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=DAKTARI&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&gfe_rd=cr&ei=F3aUVrqpL6uT8QeB8a_4Dw#>
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   volunteer with children and animals in south africa.
   Daktari - TV.com <http://www.tv.com/shows/daktari/>
   www.tv.com/shows/*daktari*/

   
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    Rating: 7.2/10 - ‎52 votes


On Tue, Jan 12, 2016 at 6:59 AM, <epostboxx@xxxxxxxx> wrote:

Once again the "On this day…” (“Was geschah am …”) feature of the
German-language Wikipedia site notes an event in the English-speaking world
that goes unmentioned on the English page.

Today is the 50th anniversary of the broadcast of the first episode of the
American television series DAKTARI.

Hardly an earth-shaking event — but of tangential philosophical interest,
in that watching the German-language version of this program was a
favourite pastime of the German philosopher T.W. Adorno. Those who knew him
well were careful not to arouse his anger by disturbing him with a visit
during its broadcast time.

Stefan Müller-Doohm opens Part 1 of his biography of Adorno with a comment
about how “individual lives are determined by the gifts bestowed upon them
by the fairies, both good and wicked, operating through the culture of
their time.” (translation: Rodney Livingstone) The ubiquitous cultural
medium television not only disseminates, filters and inevitably distorts
the gifts of those 'good and wicked fairies’ — it is one of the gifts
itself (‘the medium is the message’); a gift of which Adorno was, at best,
dubious. (Coincidentally, the German homonym ‘Gift’ translates into English
as ‘poison’.)

Adorno, along with other Frankfurt School theorists, argued that
"television used commodity logic, standardized formats and common
stereotypes to impose social norms and maintain the status quo according to
the interests of political and economic elites. Developed in tandem with
the initial rise of television, this critique maintained that television
served to integrate the working classes into consumer society, patterning
their daily behaviors and beliefs, keeping viewers passive both physically
and psychologically.” (Christina Ritchie, who borrows one of Adorno’s
titles for her piece "How to Look at Television”
http://kellymark.com/1_IMAGES/Information/Essays/2014CR_HowToLookAtTelevision.pdf
)

Could it be that DAKTARI's ‘exotic’ setting lulled Adorno into a practice
that at first glance is so antithetical to his theory?

Chris Bruce,
remembering Clarence, in
Kiel, Germany
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