Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Irony v. Obama

"The paradigmatic cynic tells you confidentially: ‘But don’t you see that it is all really about money/power/sex, that professions of principle or value are just empty phrases which count for nothing?’ What the cynics don’t see is their own naivety, the naivety of their cynical wisdom which ignores the power of illusions."

This by Zizek, surprisingly, because I always thought of him as the biggest cynic. I have been thinking a lot about what this election is doing to our sense of irony, and as always, Zizek has provided a critical touchstone in the matter. There is Didion's opinion as well, which is just as provocative, and maybe I will have figured my way around it all once I have some time.

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