FUN STUFF--HERMES STYLE!
Here, you will find fun riddles, puzzles, secret codes, embedded messages, jokes--and much more--that
Joe has injected into his work in places you would least expect them. The god, Hermes, was important to his work, and was
even included in his very definition of bricolage.
Just as Joe took very seriously his mission
to alleviate suffering in the world he also took his humor very seriously--and hilariously--perhaps as a means for
alleviating some of our suffering--ours and his own.
I hope you enjoy his humor as much as
I do. It's yet another dimension of his work that makes it such a joy to read. You just never know what he's going
to say--or when!
And sometimes this requires reading between the lines and even deep analysis
using the Hermeneutic circle and observing what emerges. See his discussion, "The Creative Nature of Interpretation"
in Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (Kincheloe & Berry, 2004,
The Big Friendly Giant
book did Joe dedicate to the Big Friendly Giant? And for you scholars out there: What is the full significance of his having
done so? You will need to do a lot of research and use multiple perspectives, along with Joe's
multidimensional critical complex bricolage to answer this adequately and pass this test.
Playing With the Queen of Hearts: The Joker Ain’t the Only
Fool in FIDUROD. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Of course, FIDUROD is the acronym Joe invented to move away
from the virulent arguments over "positivism." Its letters stand for Formal, Intractable, Decontextualized, Universalistic,
Reductionistic, and One Dimensional, the form of debilitating learning and knowledge production used in schools
today, which he argues against. You can read more here
and in his book Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction.
And now for the
What is the encoded message in the acronym, FIDUROD, and who is the message for?
luck! I never did figure it out and was finally told the answer from "Hermes" himself. (You can always ask, if you
The Other "Fools" in FIDUROD
Joe writes, "Playing With the Queen of Hearts : The Joker Ain't the Only
Fool in FIDUROD" (p. 21). Who do you think is the Joker? Who are the other fools in FIDUROD?
was the Queen of Hearts
? (This is a "private joke" from the cosmos: Joe used to tell me "Right on target" in response to
my comments on his forum so many times he would laugh--he
was Cupid, not me! Watch the video for a
Fill In the Blank
This is one that he devised, I am sure, to encourage us to ask "What's missing,
and why is it missing?"
He states: "Fiske maintains that power 'is a systematic set of
operations upon people that works to ensure the maintenance of the social order . . . and ensure its smooth running' (p. 11)" (cited
from page 97 of Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction).
So . . . what do you
think is missing and what may be some reasons he left it out? I know: this is hard because to know for certain,
you need John Fiske's book, Power Plays, Power Works. (Hint: You could always try searching in the book on Amazon.com).
Joe's Best Friends
had three dogs and he loved them very much! What were their names? He has actually included this information in several
of his books so it shouldn't be that hard to find [Some people hate this joke, but what can I say?; Reality is strange
What are the "Three Licks"? (This comes from his book Knowledge and
Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction)