Bigsley the Oaf

Real as the Image of the Virtual

Posted in Uncategorized by bigsleytheoaf on December 2, 2010

Just watched the first half of “Zizek: The Reality of the Virtual.”

The crux as far as I can tell is that complex systems have three distinct modes of consumption:

First, imaginary – namely, the consumption of an image as emotional impetus (you see food -> eat it). The image is “consumed” and turned into individual action.

Second, symbolic – namely, the construction of systems with self-referential/distributed attributes collectively referred to as X (“existence of food” -> build food factories). The symbol is “consumed” and turned into collective action (individuals acting with respect to one another).

Finally, real – namely, the construction of systems with with self-refential/distributed attributes tied to some identifiable X (“the actual jew” -> anti-semitism). The actual is “consumed” and turned into mass action (somehow more coherent than collective action).

The metaphor is that you take the thing (be it an image, a symbol, or an actual), put it in a cage, and then somehow torture it to propel yourself “forward.”

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