Hamid Dabashi sums it: "For people like Zizek, social upheavals in what they call the Third World are a matter of theoretical entertainment. It is an old tradition that goes back all the way to Sartre on Algeria and Cuba in the 1950s, down to Foucault on Iran in the 1970s. That does not bother me a bit. In fact, I find it quite entertaining -- watching grown up people make complete fools of themselves talking about something about which they have no blasted clue."
By and large this expectation is apt and more often than not met. The best case in point is the comparison between what Azmi Bishara has offered about the recent uprising in Iran and what Slavoj Zizek felt obligated to write. Whereas Bishara's piece (with aspects of which I have had reason to disagree) is predicated on a detailed awareness of the Iranian scene, accumulated over the last 30 years of the Islamic Republic and even before, Zizek's (the conclusion of which I completely disagree with) is entirely spontaneous and impressionistic, predicated on as much knowledge about Iran as I have about the mineral composition of the planet Jupiter."
- Hamid Dabashi
It was his introduction to Mao's On Contradiction that was the nail in the coffin for me. Seasoned Dehli Yaar-darlings RAQs Media Collective now invite him to Dehli. :S
hahahahahah- that hipster fashionist tool and fool Zizek -
Terry Eagleton contended he was the "Elvis of Cultural theory". Other Asias contends that he is the "Boris Johnson of cultural theory"
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