How terribly embarrassing. Until now, my critique of Ikea carpets has been mired in a hopelessly antiquated phenomenological discourse of good and evil. Now I see that Red Ringum and his unholy minions are best critiqued from the perspective of post-colonial studies.
excerpted from The New York Times, Tuesday, March 11th, 2008, the Arts section:
For some time, it turns out, a handful of nationalist Danes have been barking about booty [including territory] that the Swedes nabbed 350 years ago in a war with Denmark...In other words, one part of Sweden claimed restitution from, well, the rest of Sweden. An Internet poll by a Swedish newspaper revealed that a majority of residents in the region apparently still harbor dreams of Danish citizenship and resent their their calm, polite, democracy-loving Swedish overlords. On Valentine's day, a Danish newspaper went so far as to run a front-page headline accusing Ikea, the furniture giant founded by a Swede, which Danes have long loved to hate, of "bullying Denmark" by giving comfy sofas and shiny tables Swedish and Norwegian place names while assigning Danish names to doormats and rugs. "I don't think this can be a coincidence," a Danish professor is quoted as saying in The Local, an English-language Swedish website (thelocal.se). He called it "cultural imperialism."