two quickie observations:
1. i think the telling detail in the original story about bebe neva is that she wanted to go to the verso party when she thought that zizek would actually be there; when she realized that he was not she chose another party . . . in short it was his celebrity that she wanted to rub up against, not his “ideas”
2. the way you talk to kids about transformers is to elucidate the difference between sensation and something else that – for the moment – i’ll not name . . . the fact that both are conveyed through moving images gives them as much in common as kant’s critiques and a victoria’s secret catalogue, both of which appear on paper . . . kids [often] look for sensation and most of the time we’re looking for something else or rather, when we go to movies we’re looking for something else, though the extent to which so many academics follow sport suggest that we too find sensational stuff not without its appeal
. . . . . if we stop trying to measure transformers and truffaut by the same yardstick the enterprise becomes a hell of a lot easier
As an American, I think the fact that any teenager has even heard of Zizek is impressive. We can comment upon the reasons at some length I'm sure, but I'm still a little baffled at the fact that she even knows who he is. Perhaps my stereotype of American youths as impatient, tech-obsessed morons is a bit harsh?
A couple of posts in this thread also made me think of the general indie vs. pop movies debate. Specifically, how do you folks respond when you talk to people who love the Transformers movies, for instance, and don't understand your argument that they are simply awful movies?
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