pap (D&G papparazzi)

bearsI was complaining to one of our brilliant students the other day that there was, at Goldsmiths, something of a viral effect of reading Deleuze and Guattari for the first time and deploying their work uncritically. Against the charge that I was dismissing them, I too quickly said ‘I am actually a fan of D&G, early D&G, but no fan of those who use them willy-nilly for pap‘ and did not explain what pap I meant. So, I have been suitably called to account and now provide some explication of pap. Fun it is too.

Pap is a kind of ooze made from crushed fruit or something.

It gets better when you turn to the books – Here are some dictionary definitions of pap:

1. Soft or semiliquid food, as for infants.
2. Material lacking real value or substance: TV shows that offer nothing but pap.
3. Slang Money and favors obtained as political patronage: “self-seeking politicians primarily interested in patronage, privilege, and pap” Fiorello H. La Guardia.
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Pap:
1. a soft food for babies or invalids
2. worthless or oversimplified entertainment or information
3. S African maize porridge [Latin pappare to eat]
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Pap rendered as ‘favours for money’ (the false coin of Governmentality) is particularly good, and topical. As is porridge (which is what the British MPs who rort the system ought to get). But at risk of making this whole post an example of pap, here is the clincher – the final one:
Noun 1. pap – worthless or oversimplified ideas

drivel, garbage – a worthless message
2. pap – a diet that does not require chewing; advised for those with intestinal disorders

diet – a prescribed selection of foods
Pablum – a soft form of cereal for infants
3. pap – the small projection of a mammary gland

reproductive organ, sex organ – any organ involved in sexual reproduction
mammary gland, mamma – milk-secreting organ of female mammals
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