Pervert ideology guide choreographed by the worst movie stars

Eloy 2022-10-18 18:40:45

Zizek, the theory junkie, is at it again, with The Pervert's Guide to Ideology, written and "acted" by him, a delightful and accessible blend of film studies, psychoanalysis and philosophy , when this documentary was selected for the Toronto International Film Festival and the London Film Festival in 2012, it was described by the Hollywood Film Report as "extremely humorous and wonderful". In the film, Žižek cites 27 films and all kinds of popular cultural products, and traverses the film scenes of the commentary in a parody. Nervous gestures and signs forced to repeat the action of rubbing nose, rubbing eyes and clearing throat, you will hahahaha, how can there be such a movie, and I sincerely agree with the "New York Times" joke about this great man - really the most disgusting movie star in the world what!
The reason why it is called a pervert comes from Zizek's point of view on film "movie is indeed a perverted art. What you want will not satisfy you, it only tells you how to desire." Zizek's interpretation of the film is Psychoanalytically, the interpreted film is revived through this critique. The entire documentary can be regarded as a symptom of social issues, an analysis of film and social acceptance, and a path of social criticism and intervention. , it can be found that the appearance and development of these characters' abnormal personalities are all symptoms of social culture, and have their own characteristics in a specific social culture. For example, when patients seek help from psychoanalysts, their guilt does not originate from Indulge in too much pleasure, which goes against a sense of duty or morality, etc., and on the contrary, they feel guilty because they cannot fully enjoy the pleasure, because they cannot enjoy it. In postmodern society, pleasure has become a strange and perverted responsibility.
Throughout the entire documentary, Zizek made three forms of ideology as a guide. The first is as a complex of ideas, such as ideology expressed as beliefs and beliefs. For example, in "The Sound of Music", the female protagonist is a lively nun. She was sent to the male protagonist's house by the female abbot to take care of the children. She fell in love with the male protagonist and felt uneasy about it. The response from the female abbot when she returned to the convent was to sing " Go back, seduce that man, set foot on this road, don't betray your desire." This song is a presentation and affirmation of desire. Here Zizek explains the way the ideology of belief works: the attraction of belief lies in where? What does a wise evangelist really offer you? It is not a prohibition of sexual pleasure, it is its extreme opposite, a license to covert obscene, you are covered by the divine "the Other", you can do whatever you want, enjoy it, This contract is not just a superficial message telling you to give up, suffer and so on, the real message behind it is "pretend to give up so you can have it all".
The second is the objective form of ideology, that is, the materiality of ideology. Zizek explains such ideologies in terms of how totalitarianism works. Take Stalinism as an example, he did not put himself in the position of master as he wanted, but in the position of perfect servant, Stalin's "big other" - the inevitable historical process leading to communism. Communists see themselves as mere tools to realize a historical inevitability. For all kinds of purges and repressions, Stalinists' excuses, I only acted on behalf of the "big Other", which is not my fault. For example, Lenin also created the image of "I like cats and children", which is part of the leader's totem, That is to imply that he ordered the slaughter, just to fulfill his duty, as a functional tool for the progress of history, etc. This is also how fundamentalism works.
The third is spontaneous ideology, what Lacan-Zizek calls ideology. Zizek takes "Extreme Space" as an example. The male protagonist gets a pair of sunglasses, which has a similar function of ideological criticism. Wear it to see money, and the money becomes a piece of paper that says "this is your God"; put it on Seeing the real message under all the political propaganda, advertisements and posters, basically what you see is either "obey" or "don't think", so people violently refuse to wear these glasses that can see the truth. According to common sense, we think that ideology is something that obscures or confuses our intuitive perspective, a spectacle that distorts our perspective. "Extreme Space" proves that this perception is precisely an illusion. Ideology is not simply imposed on us, it is The relationships we spontaneously form with society, how we understand the meaning of things, etc., we are enjoying it to some extent. We are all too aware that we are spontaneously living a lie, and we are afraid to put on the glasses of ideological criticism, because glasses will allow one to see the truth, that the truth is painful, and shatters many illusions. This explains the construction and stitching of reality by ideological illusions, as well as the manipulation and control of the desires and pleasures of the subject. Zizek believes in the value of this ideological critique—a critical theory that seeks to change the way we understand the world so that we can ultimately aspire to make it a better place.

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  • Slavoj Zizek: The German philosopher Walter Benjamin - said something very deep. He said that we experience history, - what does it mean for us to be historical beings, - not when we are engaged in things, when things move, - only when we see this, again, - rest waste of culture being half retaken by nature, - at that point we get an intuition of what history means.

  • Slavoj Zizek: We usually think that military discipline - is just a matter of mindlessly following orders. Obeying the rules. You don't think you do what is your duty. It's not as simple as that. If we do this, we just become machines.