I 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..
1. a soft food for babies or invalids2. worthless or oversimplified entertainment or information3. S African maize porridge [Latin pappare to eat].