Previously on Buffy
by Alan McKee — Queensland University of Technology
February 23, 2007 – 04:01
This is a RFC (Request For Comment)*
In this recap - played before ‘The Gift’, the final episode of the fifth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Joss Whedon discovers, perfects and exhausts a brand new artform in 30 seconds. Give the man an Emmy.
* The RFC was the mode by which information was shared in the design of the Internet. Designers put out proposals, not claiming that they were the absolute truth, but offering them as suggestions, for others to agree, disagree, or use to think with. The idea appeals to me as a model for discussion in the humanities. By putting out my own interpretation of a text as an RFC, I can avoid both arrogant assertions that this is the truth about the text; and a solipsistic ‘anything goes’ attitude. I’m not telling people that this is the correct interpretation of this text; I’m asking if anybody thinks the same way, or finds this a useful approach.