Sunday, July 6, 2008

Entertaining

Here's a link to Dickipedia, a "wiki of dicks." Entries on offer for a wide variety of dicks, including Dick David Blane, Dick Ben Stein, Dick Pat Robertson, Dick Michael Moore, Dick Dick Cheney, and lots of other well-known and insufferable dicks.

7 comments:

729 said...

Really a very impressive overall take on dickishness in all its species.

"Steve Jobs is a new school dick. In direct refutation of the traditional dick that still dominates both the business and academic worlds, Jobs masks his dickitude with a hip, user-friendly interface."

Thanks for the link!

Spiros said...

729:

Would you care to speculate on the difference between a "dick" and a "tool"? I've been thinking about this one for several days now. There's seems to be a crucial difference...

729 said...

That's a really good question. Intuitively, there does seem to be a difference between a "dick" and a "tool."

I did a bit of research on the matter and it appears that there is general consensus in the urban dictionary and across the net that, whatever the additional refinements of the definiens, ‘tool’ is understood as a state of a person being used or otherwise abused by other people, while not possessing the cognitive capacity to recognize this use/abuse is happening. So, it seems ‘dick’ is typically used to describe people who might, in fact, see all other people as “tools.” The obliviousness of a dick to surrounding circumstances and other human beings differs in the obliviousness of a tool. Both share in a kind of obliviousness, yet the self-serving nature of the dick contrasts with the self-defeating or self-undermining nature of the tool. It’s probably the case that certain dicks can also be considered tools, especially in cases in which the dickishness of the person leads them hubristically into underestimating the wiles of other people around them. Yet, it looks as though tools, while perhaps aspiring to dickishness, don’t quite have the same level of manipulative capacity as dicks. It might even come down to a way that degrees of intelligence are parsed by the two terms. Carl Rove, for example, is clearly a dick, while Ryan Seacrest is a complete tool.

What ideas do you have about the matter?

Santa said...

@ 729: I always looked at the difference between dick and tool as well by the self awarness of screwing people (dick) versus being used while in the process of other people getting screwed by one's own participation in such actions (tool). To wit, I would characterise Karl Rove as a "dick" while James Carville would be a "tool".

Spiros said...

Interesting. I think 729 is right to punctuate the self-defeating nature of tooldom. Perhaps we can say that the tool is a dick in the service of someone else?

Santa said...

@ Spiros: Perhaps it would be clearer to say that a "tool" is an instrument lacking the self awareness to know she/he is being used by the "dick" to screw someone over.

Spiros said...

Santa:

Amendment accepted. The tool must lack self-awareness.