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August 26, 2006

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Paranoid Android

yeah, this is so true, I remember instances from my youth where someone would label me a Marxist and I would slowly come to identify with the tag though I had never considered myself a Marxist before that. And of course I would try to adjust my beliefs apres coup so that so they would be consistent with the stereotypic Marxist mirror-image I was receiving from the others. Just like Althusser's policeman yelling at the passer-by: hey, you there! How can one avoid this mindlessness of the imaginary? Through identification with a strong symbolic authority or through ever more fragmentation and flexibility? I guess the former would put me in the Hegemony camp and the latter in the Multitude camp, hahaha. Inescapable heaviness of tagging!

blahfeme

oh you fatterer! Thanks. It's pone of those thoings that seesm to get everyone goin - the idea that 'I' might have a life in text. It really fascinates 'me' (as it were) :-)

blafeme

oh dear - talk about typo-tastic!

once again with feeling:

oh you flatterer! Thanks. It's one of those things that seems to get everyone going - the idea that 'I' might have a life in text. It really fascinates 'me' (as it were) :-)

Jodi

blafeme--any time! I also love Paranoid Android's phrase, inescapable heaviness of tagging.

pebird

My God, I was acknowledged in Zizek's Politics! How did that happen?

I am a referent. I can retire now.

Jodi

Glad you got the book!!

I went back through my Z posts and looked at who was engaging them, making points, asking questions, raising challenges, all that good stuff that helped me think through the book. I appreciate your help.

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