Zizek and the Media provides a systematic and approachable introduction to the main concepts and themes of Zizek′s work, and their particular implications for the study of the media. The book:
- Describes the radical nature of Zizek′s media politics
- Uses Zizekian insights to expose the profound intellectual limitations of conventional approaches to the media
- Explores the psychoanalytical and philosophical roots of Zizek′s work
- Provides the reader with Zizekian tools to uncover the hidden ideologies of everyday media content;
Explains the ultimate seriousness that underlies his numerous jokes.
As likely to discuss Homer′s Springfield as Ithaca, Zizek is shown to be the ideal guide for today′s mediascape.
Preface: The Dog s Bollocks . . . at the Media Dinner Party viii
Introduction: The Marx Brother , The Elvis of Cultural Theory , and Other Media Cliches 1
1 The Mediated Imp of the Perverse 6
2 ?i?ek s Tickling Shtick 34
3 Big (Br)Other: Psychoanalysing the Media 63
4 Understanding Media: The Sublime Objectification of Ideology 91
5 The Media s Violence 120
6 The Joker s Little Shop of Ideological Horrors 149
Conclusion: Don t Just Do It: Negative Dialectics in the Age of Nike 176