Slavoj Zizek reaches the parts of the media that other theoristscannot. With sources ranging from Thomas Aquinas to QuentinTarantino and Desperate Housewives to Dostoyevsky, Zizek mixes hightheory with low culture more engagingly than any other thinkeralive today. His prolific output includes such media friendlycontent as a TV series (The Pervert's Guide to Cinema) adocumentary movie (Zizek!) and a wealth of YouTube clips. Acelebrity academic, he walks the media talk.
Zizek and the Media provides a systematic andapproachable introduction to the main concepts and themes ofZizek's work, and their particular implications for the study ofthe media. The book:
* Describes the radical nature of Zizek's media politics
* Uses Zizekian insights to expose the profound intellectuallimitations of conventional approaches to the media
* Explores the psychoanalytical and philosophical roots ofZizek's work
* Provides the reader with Zizekian tools to uncover the hiddenideologies of everyday media content;
Explains the ultimate seriousness that underlies his numerousjokes.
As likely to discuss Homer's Springfield as Ithaca, Zizek isshown to be the ideal guide for today's mediascape.