Dedicated to Kenneth Hudson and Georges Henri Rivière
... Mnemosophy? Just upgrading the proposal of Heritology
as the Science of Public Memory - by Tomislav Šola
Acculturation as Identity Malady
“There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.” These were the prophetic words of John Adams, second president of United States. Maybe he would consent to add a third way, - that of acculturation. Here I suggest the gravest of its possible meanings, - that of “cultural modification of an individual, group, or people by adapting to or borrowing traits from another culture” . In fact, for those suffering from it, - it is placing somebody else’s culture in the place of one’s own. It is always a blend but one that takes away the soul of the places and their inhabitants. Any Eastern European country, to name the part of the world I know well, has bilingual inscriptions all over the place: usually, there is neither obligation nor need for it. Some places are practically never visited by any foreigners, but foreigners are growing in the mind of population. English figures as a sign of inferiority complex. Most of the music played is foreign; language is inundated by Anglicisms... Trying to be somebody else is schizophrenic and dangerous social disturbance. The two photos are some among the hundreds I have made. Would you say you were in Zagreb, Croatia, a city with 900 years of its own history?