Noam Chomsky may just be America's most annoying intellectual, just as aggrevating as Canada's Noami Klein but not nearly as attractive, so it is with a smirk and a tinge of pleasure that we heard Acne Paper has an interview with the MIT linguist. The seventh issue of the biannual Acne Paper was able to have correspondent Karin Strom speak to Chomsky about the nature of trends in language after sending an interview request from editor in chief Thomas Persson.
Person told Women's Wear Daily that “It was interesting to speak to Chomsky about language because it is something we use everyday, a subject of great tradition, but also of constant change — not unlike fashion, if you think about it.” Persson is also creative director of Swedish clothing label Acne Jeans.
We certainly hope that someone asked if universal or innate grammar might also translate to something like innate style. Though we have to say the cruel irony of this interview is that while language and trends is a fascinating subject no industry is more complicit in the process of manufacturing consent than the fashion press with our propagation of needless trends and frenzied consumerism thanks to our association with corporate celebrity culture.