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ZIZEK, Slavoj - Welcome to the Desert of the Real

ZIZEK, Slavoj - Welcome to the Desert of the Real

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SLAVOJ
ZIZEK
FIVE
ESSAYSON
SEPTEMBER
11
AND
RELATEDDATES
AppearingonthefirstanniversaryoftheattacksontheWorldTradeCenterandthePentagon,thesethreebooksfrom
Verso
presentanalyses
of
theUnitedStates,themedia,andtheeventssurroundingSeptember
11
by
Europe'smoststimulatingandprovocativephilosophers.Probingbeneaththelevel
of
TVcommentary,politicalandculturalorthodoxies,and'rent-a-quote'punditry,JeanBaudrillard,PaulVirilioand
Slavoj
Zizekofferthreehighlyoriginalandreadableaccountsthatserve
as
bothfascinatingintroductionstothedirectionoftheirrespectiveprojectsandinsightfulcritiques
of
theunfoldingevents.Thisseriesseeks
to
comprehendthephilosophicalmeaning
of
September
11
andwillleaveuntouchednone
of
theprevailingviewscurrentlypropagated.
THESPIRIT
OF
TERRORISM
Jean
Baudrillard
GROUND
ZERO
Paul
Virilio
WELCOME
TOTHE
DESERTOF
THEREAL!
Slavoj
Zitek
.,
l
',I
"
,I
"
"
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r
WELCOME
TO
OF
TH
E
THEDESERT
REA
L!
VERSO
London·New
York
J
~ ~
 
To
Pamela
Pascoe
andEricSantner,withoutan)'doubt!
Firstpublished
by
Verso2002
©
Slavoj
Zizek
All
rightsreservedThemoralrights
of
theauthorhavebeenasserted
13579108642
Verso
UK:6MeardStreet,London
WI
F
OEG
USA:
180VarickStreet,NewYork,
NY
10014-4606www.versobooks.comVerso
is
theimprint
of
NewLeftBooks
ISBN
1-85984-421-9
BritishLibraryCataloguing
in
PublicationData
Acataloguerecordforthisbook
is
availablefromtheBritishLibrary
Library
of
CongressCataloging-in-Publication
Data
Acatalogrecordforthisbook
is
availablefromtheLibrary
of
CongressTypesetinPerpetua
by
MRulesPrintedand
bound
in
the
UKbyBiddIesLtd,GuildfordandKing's
Lynn
www.biddIes.co.uk
CONTENTS
Introduction:TheMissingInkPassions
of
theReal,Passions
of
Semblance
5
2Reappropriations:TheLesson
of
Mullah
Omar
33
3
HappinessAfterSeptember
11
58
4
From
Homosucker
to
Homosacer
835
From
Homosacer
totheNeighbour112Conclusion:
~ h e
Smell
of
Love
135
 
INTRODUCTION:
THE
MISSING
INK
In
anoldjokefromthedefunct
German
DemocraticRepublic,aGermanworkergetsajobinSiberia;aware
ofhow
allmailwill
be
readbythecensors,hetellshisfriends:'Let'sestablishacode:
if
a
letter
you
get
from
me
is
written
inordinaryblueink,it's
true;
ifit's
written
in
red
ink,it'sfalse.'Aftera
month,
hisfriends
get
thefirstletter,
written
inblueink:'Everything
is
wonderfulhere:theshopsarefull,food
is
abundant,apartmentsarelargeandproperlyheated,cinemasshowfilmsfromtheWest,therearemanybeautifulgirlsreadyforanaffair
~
theonlythingyoucan4t
get
is
redink.'
Thestructure
here
is
more
refinedthanitmightappear:althoughthe
worker
is
unable
to
signalthatwhathe
is
saying
is
alieintheprearrangedway,henonethelesssucceedsingettinghismessageacross-how?
By
inscribin8theveryriferencetothecodeinto
the
encoded
messQ8e,
as
one
ifits
elements.
Of
course,this
is
thestandardproblem
of
self-reference:sincethe
letter
is
written
inblue,
is
itsentire
content
therefore
not
true?Theanswer
is
that
the
veryfact
thatthe
lack
ofred
ink
is
mentionedsignalsthat
it
should
have
been
written
in
red
ink.Thenicepoint
is
thatthismention
of
thelack
of
red
inkproducestheeffect
of
truth
independently
if
itsownliteraltruth:

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