Wednesday, January 12, 2011

"The only surprising thing about the Wikileaks revelations is.....

....that they contain no surprises," Žižek says. That's right.

Slavoj Žižek on Wikileaks, London Review of Books. He says that, having said that, Wikileaks appears to make sure that we can no longer pretend that we don't know the things, BUT, he goes on, "The premise is wrong. Truth liberates, but not this truth." Then, what truth? He doesn't give a precise answer, but points out the importance of maintaining appearance--which is familiar to the readers of Žižek's writings. And then, he reminds us of how pretending not to know has played an important role in some critical moments of our history. BUT, "There are moments – moments of crisis for the hegemonic discourse – when one should take the risk of provoking the disintegration of appearances."

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