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Stuff that is useless for Example Giving Readings Of Sophocles giving readings of Sophocles as a method for xtracting some philosophical item or nugget that has about as much to do with Sophocles or Antigone as does a ham sandwich and on the other hand the utterly fascinating insights in ch 4 From Homo Sucker to Homo Sacer which ssay is alone worth the price of this bookZizek not that I should be making generalizations based on one small volume seems like the guy who is channelling mediumistically the Spectacle #And Who Simply Lets It #who simply lets it out unchecked uncensored from all his principal orificies only that unlike with a writer like Baudrillard it is filtered and prism d through a hard and resistent ideology which is precisely the justification for indulging in his logorrheic hyperpublication hyperpublicization hyperzizakization His mind is like
A MIRROR BEARING WITNESS TO THE SPECTACLE AND SHOWING mirror bearing witness to the Spectacle and showing all that it is cracked Every feature attributed to the Other is already present at the very heart of the USAI ll write later when time allows But after Terror isn t it best to ngage with Reason I think sometimes people who ve known me for a long time wonder how I One Con Glory ended up a fan of Zizek and Badiou how Inded up so disenchanted with capitalism Defying Shadows (Rising Shadows etc There a a lot of things that go into it but one aspect that this book reminded me about these guys get it right I m a mathematician have taught probability and statistics I like keeping myself open tovidence and here s the The Great Orange Leonard Scandal (Tall Tales Series; 4) evidence Zizek wrote thesessays between Sept 11 2001 and Sept 11 2002 This book was published on that one year anniversary Okay you say fine big deal he s got people who know how to sell his booksBut here s why I read it now and here s why it s so important he saw it all coming he saw it all clearly already right then So when people say Zizek s just a contrarian or he s just a provocateur well he is those things sometimes but he s also built himself a conceptual and analytic apparatus that allows him to see clearly the corrupt sad horrifying reality of the world much Tangled Webs (The Black Jewels, earlier than lots of other people can This is how you decide on a good model in mathematics or in science right You see what its predictions are and then test those predictions against reality How well do those predictions and descriptions correspond to what actually came about Well read this book and see how well Zizek recognized predicted described the mess we ve all of usnmeshed ourselves within since 911So yes I think Zizek is worth reading and listening to because he s done a good job before of seeing through the noisy confusing smokescreens and misdirections thrown at us A Fairly Honourable Defeat everyday by a corrupt power structure and a bought and paid for media apparatus Nicholas Lezard said it very well about another Zizek book Reading ik is hard work But it is worth it like hacking through miles of undergrowth and jungle vegetation in order to be rewarded very so often with a splendid view For when i k stops talking like that and actually says something directly then he is Elisabeth Shue 135 Success Facts - Everything You Need to Know about Elisabeth Shue electrifyingI just wish there were a higher signal to noise ratio Maybe noise isn t the right word but there s a lot of Antigone diversions on the way to actual discussions of 911 filthy Slovene muses about the secret fantasies of American. Complicit in the rise of Muslim fundamentalism It points to our dreaming about the catastrophe in numerous disaster movies before it happened andxplores the irony that the tragedy has been used to legitimize torture Last but not least it analyzes the fiasco of the predominant leftist response to the ven. ,
The thing you notice uickly how often the bastard contradicts himself At first I wanted to say that he was inconsistent but then it became clear that it was a bigger part of his mission And indeed his first wish is to problematize the simple choices we have been given Honestly too few are better positioned to do so As a Slovene as someone who cut his teeth on Soviet intellectualism then found himself suddenly a part of the Captalist West Zizek #has the perspective and authority to denounce both the Left and the Right in their responses to 911The book is much #the perspective and authority to denounce both the Left and the Right in their responses to 911The book is much than this however and throughout I think Zizek takes up the mantle of xposing the dangers of simplicity He jumps in topic he starts with one belief stated resolutely then swings to xamples that seem to voice the xact opposite yet very perspective is clearly fit together by his thoughts In other words as a bit of a political Tiresias Zizek delivers a message to us stuck in our simpler ideological bodies simplicity is part of the problem In short is
it not thatnot that in our resigned postideological ra which admits no positive Absolutes the only legitimate candidate for the Absolute are radically Threads Of The Shroud evil actsThis is a book about dreams The philosopher notesarly that in developing nations people dream about making it to the West while First Worlders dream about the All Seated on the Ground end of the world Slavoj ik is coy like that Throughout Welcome To The Desert of the Real he displays his range without much rigor It doesn t read as caprice it functions as serial uestions those that make us readers uncomfortable The Western Malaise is one of Untitled. excess Lacan offered diagnosis some time back we now need to cut ourselves distract our neuroses in reality programming We to be displaced by the Spectacle Our choices leave us docile We stared at the remains of the World Trade Center and asked how could this happen here The author poses that we should ve reacted that this shouldn t happen again anywhere This is a riveting work Many are critical of ik s recourse to popular cultural I am not While being unaware of the title being a line from The Matrix I find the analogy comfortably disturbing Zizek s writing is some kind of intellectual porn I turn the pages compulsively but what s the point Some part of me is thrilled whenever it interacts with a thought pattern that is not reductive predetermined transparent It is light in the intellectual darkness and like porn it removes the Wiring easy coverings of lazy thinking and reveals ideas for what they are in all their mechanical specificity It is compelling because it is so absent from the uotidian Try to have a conversation about politics with someone that goes beyond platitudes and pretty soon the other person will get angry and defensive or you will It is nearly as offensive as kissing a stranger in publicRecently I watched a play called The Laramie Project about the brutal torture and murder of a gay college student in Wyoming It made me want to puke twice once for the horror of the crime and once for the banality of the play It presented total intellectual abdication and called upon the audience to become outraged but not to uestion any of the tenets of the conversation Not that there were tenets not that anything was statedxplici. Probing beneath the level of TV punditry Žižek offers a highly original and readable account that serves as a fascinating and insightful comprehension of the Against All Odds events of September 11Liberals and conservatives proclaim thend of the American holiday from history Now the asy games are over; one should take. Tly which could in any way be uestioned The fundamental argument #was that there
are haters inhaters in and that Wyoming is a place built on hate Some people managed to overcome #that there are haters in America and that Wyoming is a place built on hate Some people managed to overcome original Wyominghate sin but none were as pure as the people who wrote the play nor as pure as the martyr who was inherently without sin for being a martyr The gay in the play is present as the victim of Wyomingites who perceive him as the hated other while the play suggests the true other is the pure unredeemed Wyomingite himself inhuman in his violent otherness The real crime this original sin of making homosexuality the other is answered with the same crime visited on the Wyomingites some of whom merge into humanhood as they renounce their homophobia just as homophobes imagine the homosexual The DOS emerging into humanhood upon choosing to be straight Puke It was like a reeducation camp There wasven a candlelight vigil in the middleSo reading a book like this is a relief from the world where politics and violence when dealt with by liberals is so patronizing and anti intellectual But again what s the point Reading Zizek drops one down a hole of ideas tearing Against All Odds everything apart and leaving very little ground upon which to stand Some of the ideas strike me as pretty strongspecially the overall notion that the overall structure of our political life vis a vis the otherenemy sits on an intellectually tedious set of structures His critiue of torture or his idea of the homo sacer the person who like an illegal combatant fits into no known legal framework and becomes a non person seem fairly sound but so what The very nature of his constant critiue invites its own Who is he to decide that the Czechs were happy in the 80s Who is he to make all the grand claims he makes I guess this is what theorists do but it all seems so arbitrary Arbitrary and unnecessary Which raises the uestion when is thinking about such things useful I keep coming back to the same thought that it has to matter deeply to oneself to be worth thinking about and in order for it to matter deeply it cannot be merely an Sleep, Circadian Rhythms, and Metabolism exercise in intellectual acrobatics it must be connected to conscience to meaning or the search for it Otherwise life s too shortStill I ve got one chapter left I can t wait to open it Thought provoking there s a fair amount of nonsense to wade through but Zizek also calls out a bunch of peoplegroups for their nonsense so it was w Every time I pick up a Zizek book I go in with thexpectation I ll be able to track with maybe half of it His thoughts on 911 are just as askew insightful and obscure as you d think they d be I Treasons, Stratagems, And Spoils especially liked the chapter on Israel s relationship with Palestine becoming aggressive thanver at the time all while using the Payment Due exact same verbiage of America s War on Terror propaganda Eachssay has plenty of peaks and valleys but so than some of his other works the pointed insight stays pretty prevalent and the tangents are a little less harebrained This is uite interesting This brief book which contains a series of six largely political Vampireville (Vampire Kisses, essays written after and largely about 911 is generally accessible full of sometimes remarkable insights though certainly repetitive and anxcellent point of ntry for starting in on Zizek There is. Sides Žižek argues this is precisely the temptation to be resisted In such moments of apparently clear choices the real alternatives are most hidden Welcome to the Desert of the Real steps back complicating the choices imposed on us It proposes that global capitalism is fundamentalist and that America was.