Evan showed this to me. Zizek makes a lot of really good points here. I think it's worth noting this since in the past I've critiqued him on the blog.
There is a lot that's problematic in here, particularly some statements on "what capitalism has done", but there is a lot of good stuff too, including:
1. That we don't really purchase products alone - we purchase cultural experiences and understandings, and we should consider what it means that these things are commercialized, and how that changes standard market models that assume the sale of product, not a product plus attendant cultural experiences.
2. Some discussion of misanthropy as a basis of social theory - reminds me of H.P. Lovecraft, who Michel Houellebecq said was "against the world, against life".
3. "It is much easier to have sympathy with suffering than sympathy with thought"
4. The integration of product and culture in the process of consumption perpetuates existing institutions by eliminating the productive dynamic of the natural opposition between a product and a culture (unlike the previous three, this is much more my restatement of what he said, and should be taken only as that).
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