Distinctions

Catherine Kelsey
Critical Practice
1980

O, an eloquent & interesting passage on the lexical shift in the meaning of “disinterested”

In a quite different area, however, it may be that the recent and increasingly common blurring of the distinction between uninterested and disinterested is also ideologically significant. it could be argued that as capitalism increasingly equates wealth with happiness (while also contradictorily asserting, of course, that the best things in life are free), interest as intellectual curiosity or concern is gradually ceasing to seem distinct from interest as material or economic concern, so that disinterested (detached, having nothing to gain) is become synonymous with uninterested (bored).

In search for a new word for “disinterested” … “unprejudiced” might do.

And so for day 3045
13.04.2015

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