Welcome to the Desert of Post-Ideology
During the lecture and Q&A, Zizek reinforced his blatant disregard for distinctions between high and low culture, relating contemporary theory and philosophy to films as surprising as Kung Fu Panda (2008) and internet phenomena such as the Gangnam Style craze from South Korea. Other topics included: Internet and YouTube culture and the films of David Lynch.
He presents his meditations on subjectivity, illusion, and desire, exploring what lies beneath the surface of cinematic representation and he analyzes the ideological implications both overt and hidden, and traces connections to our current times.
Depending on one’s view, the philosopher and academic superstar Slavoj Zizek is a genius, madman, contrarian, clown, sensationalist, radical leftist, scourge of liberals, or all the above.