Slavoj Žižek reaches the parts of the media that other theorists cannot. With sources ranging from Thomas Aquinas to Quentin Tarantino and Desperate Housewives to Dostoyevsky, Žižek mixes high theory with low culture more engagingly than any other thinker alive today. His prolific output includes such media friendly content as a TV series (The Pervert's Guide to Cinema) a documentary movie (Žižek!) and a wealth of YouTube clips. A celebrity academic, he walks the media talk.
<i>Žižek and the Media</i> provides a systematic and approachable introduction to the main concepts and themes of Žižek's work, and their particular implications for the study of the media. The book:
- Describes the radical nature of Žižek's media politics
- Uses Žižekian insights to expose the profound intellectual limitations of conventional approaches to the media
- Explores the psychoanalytical and philosophical roots of Žižek's work
- Provides the reader with Žižekian tools to uncover the hidden ideologies of everyday media content;
Explains the ultimate seriousness that underlies his numerous jokes.
As likely to discuss Homer's Springfield as Ithaca, Žižek is shown to be the ideal guide for today's mediascape.