chapter  2
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Technical Knowledge, Deviance, and: The State The Commodification of Culture

In a little book of stories written for children who are just beginning to learn how to read, there is an interchange that goes something like the following. Boris the Bear and Morris the Moose meet in the forest. Boris, obviously the smarter of the two and someone who is in the know, asks his friend if he likes riddles. Morris stands there. He puzzles over this question. Suddenly, in a flash of insight he responds with something like, "Well, I don't know. How do they taste?" Boris, exasperated, a look of contempt now flashing from his eyes, yells at his companion, "Listen, a riddle is not something to eat!" Morris now understands, of course. And he says, "Of course. I know. It is something to drink."