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By Jonathan Waring on November 5, 2010
A paper on Reactor and ‘Big Lizard’s Big Idea’ will be presented at Chelsea Theatre’s ‘A Make Believe World’ symposium as part of the Sacred Festival. Daniel Oliver will discuss Reactor’s practice of ‘relational insincerity’, drawing on both Slavoj Žižek and David McNeill to compare the performative force of our behaviour as participants with our behaviour towards the ‘big Other’ of liberal capitalism.
By Jonathan Waring on November 2, 2010
In which Google Analytics is used to spot someone sneaking a look at my draft post of the second part of ‘Summing Up: Žižek and Environmentalism’
By Jonathan Waring on October 22, 2010
An exploration of the technical form of Twitter as an aesthetic discipline, containing the example of a tweeted explanation of the Lacanian notion of the Real, Symbolic and Imaginary, as they relate to Mark Fisher’s notion of Capitalist Realism.
By Jonathan Waring on October 7, 2010
A microcosmic society built from scratch, Total GHAOS was a multi-storey scaffolding utopia that realised the collective ideals of GHAOS and the ‘Reactor Party’.
By Jonathan Waring on October 3, 2010
Žižek; environmentalism; ideology; conceptions of left and right; class struggle
By Jonathan Waring on August 12, 2010
In this response to my previous post (Slavoj Žižek and the Recycling Superstition) I address the ‘the Rs of sustainability’; continue my examination of Žižek’s notion of superstition and his invocation of the ‘paradox of the performative’; and link to a backlight.vpro.nl video in which Žižek is interrogated by giant video screens.
By Jonathan Waring on July 16, 2010
Two weeks ago (Thursday, July 1st 2010) I attended Slavoj Žižek’s lecture at the LSE, marking the release of his new book: Living in the End Times. In this post I will address Žižek’s provocative claim that efforts at personal recycling—‘small everyday acts’—equate simply to a superstition. This was by no means the focus of his lecture—it was little more that a passing comment—but, whether he has any valid grounds for making such a statement or not, a careful examination of this contention is an interesting departure point.
By Jonathan Waring on April 25, 2010
In this post I discuss the recent lack of activity at jonathanwaring.net, and then comment on some possible titles for future examinations, including: ‘Scientology and the ARC Triangle: The Value of Systematising’; ‘Anarchism and Libertarianism’ and ‘What if Hitler was Right: On the Importance of Interrogating Wrong Ideas’.
By Jonathan Waring on March 15, 2010
Best restroom graffiti I ever saw in college was, “Ayn Rand is L. Ron Hubbard in Drag.” The above is a quote from a comments post, spotted while searching for connections between our two current protagonists in the collective Internet culture. There are a couple of other variants dating from 2005 onwards—try searching for the, […]
By Jonathan Waring on February 10, 2010
I am in the process of researching the conceptual systems and philosophies of ‘dubious’ thinkers—particularly those who have been successful in spreading their ideas into popular culture. Currently my research is focused on, and is interested in contrasting, the ideas and writings of Ayn Rand (founder of the ‘philosophy’ of Objectivism, through which she claimed […]