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Parallax

[amazon asin=1400076951&text=Henning Mankell’s recent series] of police procedurals set in the southern Swedish town of Ystad, with Inspector Kurt Wallander as their hero, is a perfect illustration of the fate of the detective novel in the era of global capitalism. The main effect of globalisation on detective fiction is discernible Read more…

By Slavoj Žižek, ago
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The Iraqi MacGuffin

The problem with the basic refrain (“Iraq is a big country, Saddam had lots of time to hide the WMD, so give us more time and we will definitely find them!”) is that its structure is the same as that of a judge who first punishes the accused and then, Read more…

By Slavoj Žižek, ago
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Will You Laugh for Me, Please

On April 8, Charles R. Douglass, the inventor of “canned laughter” – the artificial laughter which accompanies comical moments in TV-series – died at 93 in Templeton, California. In the early 1950s, he developed the idea to enhance or substitute for live audience reaction on television; he then realized this Read more…

By Slavoj Žižek, ago
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Ideology Reloaded

There is something inherently naïve about taking the “philosophical” underpinning of The Matrix series seriously and discussing its implications. The Wachowski brothers, who wrote and directed the films, are not philosophers, but just two guys who flirt with and exploit, in an often confused way, some “postmodern” and New Age Read more…

By Slavoj Žižek, ago