One of the earlier Žižek film lectures, yet quite an important one for our understanding of ideology in popular culture. The reality of the virtual is of course a reversal of virtual reality and draws on a diverse amount of topics and disciplines familiar to Žižek. The lecture was filmed in London on December 11th 2003 by Ben Wright for LUX.
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In this tour de force filmed lecture, Slavoj Zizek lucidly and compellingly reflects on belief – which takes him from Father Christmas to democracy – and on the various forms that belief takes, drawing on Lacanian categories of thought. In a radical dismissal of todays so called post-political era, he mobilizes the paradox of universal truth urging us to dare to enact the impossible. It is a characteristic virtuoso performance, moving promiscuously from subject to subject but keeping the larger argument in view. Based at Ljubliana University, Slavoj Zizek’s main body includes [amazon asin=1781680191&text=Welcome to the Desert of the Real] and, most recently, [amazon asin=0262740257&title=The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity].