May 2, 2007

Attempts to extricate ourselves

What if the true Evil of our societies is not the capitalist dynamics as such, but the attempts to extricate ourselves from it (while profiting from it), to carve out self-enclosed communal spaces, from "gated communities" to exclusive racial or religious groups? That is to say, is the point of The Village not precisely to demonstrate that, today, a return to an authentic community in which speech still directly expresses true emotions, etc. - the village of the socialist utopia - is a fake which can only be staged as a spectacle for the very rich? The exemplary figure of Evil are today not ordinary consumers who pollute environment and live in a violent world of disintegrating social links, but those (top managers, etc.) who, while fully engaged in creating conditions for such universal devastation and pollution, exempt themselves from the results of their own activity, living in gated communities, eating organic food, taking holidays in wild preserves, etc.
            - Slovoj Zizek from a new film guide.

Live chicken. Fresh killed.
Palahniuk manufactures novels.
Architecture typography.
Chess for American kids.
Nixon in theater.
Internet cartography.
Feel just like Cagney?
Ad spots. Artistic freedom.
Evangelical numbers.
O'Neill at Sing Sing
Radio communion.