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Assange And Žižek, A Kind Request.

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Slavoj Žižek and Julian Assange recently conducted a session for the Frontline club and it is on YouTube, below.

Astute readers may have noticed that I am not blogging much at the moment, life’s a bit complicated and particularly like today, I don’t have much brain.

So I have a kind request to make of my readers. Could they, if they have the stamina, view the video and provide me with a summary (I’m happy to get several from different readers)? Ta very much.

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  1. Can’t do this at the moment Mod, but will try after this week. Hope your head’s above water.

    Flesh

    05/07/2011 at 22:49

  2. head’s above for sure, just not much in it, cheers :)

    modernityblog

    06/07/2011 at 07:46

  3. I think you should skip right to end when you can just about hear Zizek complain to the chair “I was told there was no book sale, no book sale”.

    Other than that, Assange was talking about freedom of the press, countering the argument against him that he is simply some anarchist who doesn’t believe in rules regarding media, but saying corporations are largely dictatorial – no attempt was made to go too far into how “conspiratorial” he is, and to what extent, leaving the door open for him just to say free media as we know it is largely prohibited, and he wants to challenge that.

    Lastly he spoke about why he felt his extradition to Sweden would be wrongful, again unchallenged, talking about how the accusations of rape – and elsewhere terrorism – are false and absurd.

    The most interesting fact was that Assange lived with Miss Egypt (while he lived in Egypt in 2007 for a year) whose house was located between the US embassy and the British High Commission – he commented how funny it was that he was doing such contentious work in such close proximity to big authorities.

    Zizek was clearly invited to add irreverent and irrelevant jokes, talk about Kant and the Marx Brothers at any given occasion, then tell a naughty joke. He did put paid, however, to the rumour he and Lady Gaga are an item – for what it’s worth.
    :)

    raincoatoptimism

    08/07/2011 at 01:48

  4. Hope everything’s alright mate. Hope to see you back blogging soon.

    James Bloodworth

    08/07/2011 at 16:08

  5. Cheers James, you should keep blogging, more yourself

    You’ve got talent!

    modernity

    12/07/2011 at 21:50

  6. See this as well – the interview was conducted after the event http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2011/jul/15/slavoj-zizek-interview-life-writing

    raincoatoptimism

    16/07/2011 at 17:36


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