Slavoj Zizek Takes the Stage at Occupy Wall Street

When Slovenia’s hip Marxist/Lacanian critical theorist takes center stage at a Wall Street protest, it’s news for a culture site. No doubt. How can we not observe a rare moment of praxis? But, what it all means for the Occupy Wall Street movement, we’ll let you wrestle with that. Part 2 appears here. H/T Biblioklept.

Related Stuff: It looks like the 2005 documentary Zizek! has found its way on YouTube, and if you want to understand the essence of Occupy Wall Street, it’s worth listening to this recent episode of Planet Money. They do a good job of demystifying things…



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  1. Fellow says . . . | October 13, 2011 / 1:20 am

    I always enjoy listening to Zizek, but I don’t see what the function of the recitations are, the broken speech of Zizek in this echo chamber brings a pain to both my ears, and sense of style.

  2. jchristensen says . . . | October 13, 2011 / 9:40 am

    Fellow – It was not a choral response exercise, or orchestrated chant. The people were acting as his “microphone”. Loudly broadcasting his words to the people not close enough to hear Zizek’s voice.

  3. Ana says . . . | November 2, 2011 / 12:54 am

    I don’t think that repeating is bad even if it was a choral line recitation.
    It makes people talk united and since Zizek is the “conductor”, and he is a philosopher who likes psychoanalysis, it is a very beautiful moment.
    But it was only lack of a good microphone. :(
    :)

  4. Barb Drummond says . . . | November 7, 2011 / 3:14 am

    What he’s saying makes more sense than most. I like the repetition, it turns it into a community event, and allows me time to jot down some notes. Great to be reminded the avant garde is still political. More please!

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