2nd Update: Žižek responds to Chomsky’s “Fantasies”

Žižek v. Chomsky continues: Žižek has responded to Chomsky's last comment in an article in the International Journal of Žižek Studies. You can read the entire article here, select excerpts follow. I am particularly interested in how Žižek focuses on conflicting definitions of ideology as a key factor in Chomsky's misunderstanding of Žižek's work: For me, on … Continue reading 2nd Update: Žižek responds to Chomsky’s “Fantasies”

Update: Chomsky contra Žižek

Noam Chomsky has responded to Žižek's response: Žižek finds nothing, literally nothing, that is empirically wrong. That’s hardly a surprise. Anyone who claims to find empirical errors, and is minimally serious, will at the very least provide a few particles of evidence – some quotes, references, at least something. But there is nothing here – … Continue reading Update: Chomsky contra Žižek

Žižek contra Chomsky

A minor war of words has emerged between two of my favorite public intellectuals: Noam Chomsky and Slavoj Žižek. Late last month Open Culture posted audio of an interview with Chomsky (apparently from 2012). The interviewer asked for Chomsky's thoughts on Žižek (along with Derrida and Lacan) in light of Chomsky's views on the use … Continue reading Žižek contra Chomsky

Zizek’s guide to ideology, Netflix tackles TV, Digital Dualist Conservatism

I haven't yet been able to see The Pervert's Guide to Ideology, Slavoj Zizek and Sophie Fiennes' follow-up to The Pervert's Guide to Cinema. Dan Adleman reviews the film in the Mainlander: Other ideological “masterpieces” that Žižek points to are much subtler, precisely because they occupy more prominent positions in the western cultural imaginary. He … Continue reading Zizek’s guide to ideology, Netflix tackles TV, Digital Dualist Conservatism

The slave that frees his masters: Ulterior agency from Zardoz to Žižek

I recently watched the 1974 film Zardoz for the first time. The film is bizarre and compelling, defying easy comparisons to other movies. Set in the 23rd century Zardoz depicts a post-apocalyptic society where groups of armed men called Exterminators rove the barren countryside hunting and killing people they refer to as "Brutals". The Exterminators … Continue reading The slave that frees his masters: Ulterior agency from Zardoz to Žižek