Borat the Anthropologist
Everyone’s favourite Kazakhstani, Borat, has a brand new movie coming out. Grant McCracken, anthropologist and author of This Blog Sits At, argues that there is more to Borat than knuckleheaded and shameless stereotyping. Instead he argues that because he is percieved by his victims as a child of innocence, he is able to get so much closer to the edges of what is socially acceptable.
“The Borat character is good at anthropology, and his ethnographic excursion works as a kind of “edge finding” to use the language of trend watchers and futurists.