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Slavoj Zizek – Ideology in a post-ideological era Notater från föredraget 16/9 2009 i Oslo We live in a post-ideological era. Ideology today appears as opposite from before, but it is not Today we say that “beneath all we’re the same.” This is an ideological lie. Ideology mystifies the real problem, not any imaginary problem. TOLERANCE Example: Zizek told about this time when he “almost got lynched” in USA, when he suggested that there were positive (?) sides of racism, and that the targets of racism (African-americans etc.) should be racist too, in the other direction. As an opposite of the notion of tolerance, we should wear the clichés and “over-do” them, not repudiate them (distance us from them). Otherwise (if you just distance yourself from all clichés and biases), you just control racism. That is, you put in a distance = tolerance. There must be a minimal step of obscenity between people, in order to break the ice. (Clichés, biases, obscene jokes, etc.) You need the element of obscenity to get close. Otherwise – distance (=tolerance). Example: Zizek got really close to a friend when the friend one morning told him “I fuck your mother,” and he answered “After I’ve fucked your sister.” They did this every morning as a “ritual” and then acted normal (but as really good friends). You will always be able to tell true racism from this. The postmodern boss is a fake. He hides beneath niceness. Bring domination out in the open (instead of hiding it). “Don’t play ‘we’re equal’ games” Ideology = implicit unwritten rules Why not be direct? No, we should stick to appearance – we must pretend to ignore existence of implicit rules. The system of rules is never flat, transparent. There are explicit and implicit rules. We are allowed to implicitly break explicit rules. We don’t learn how to violate (explicit) rules, but have to do it (otherwise we are strange – and this is an unwritten/implicit rule).
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