Why Slavoj Zizek Writes In Convoluted Sentences

Why Slavoj Zizek Writes In Convoluted Sentences


(Updated Sep. 1)

An oft-repeated reproach to Slavoj Zizek’s writings is that he’s impossible to understand. In fact, Zizek is sometimes held as an example of a decades-old trend of academic meaninglessness; for example, in this recent article, Nathan J. Robinson shrewdly accuses Zizek of always defending himself against critics by claiming to have been misunderstood.

The fact is: on this point, Zizek’s critics are often right; Zizek is often hard to understand. And this, I claim, is intended. Zizek, like many other philosophers throughout history, is obscuring his points and stances in order to make them palatable for the ruling ideology, while still understandable for those paying attention (hopefully me and those reading this!). Let me explain.

The keyword here is esotericism. These days, this word is commonly misused for things vaguely related to the spiritual world of ghosts and suchlike; what “esoteric” refers to, strictly speaking, is…

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What people are getting wrong about the Shrey “Ah Boys to Men” incident

What people are getting wrong about the Shrey “Ah Boys to Men” incident

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It has been over three days since Mr Shrey Bhargava made a post on Facebook describing his experiences during his audition for the Jack Neo film “Ah Boys to Men” (ABTM).His post sparked many angry responses andpersonal attacks, including one by Xiaxue.


Based on these responses, it appears thatpeople are getting distracted from what is really at stake.

1. This issue is not about Shrey or about ABTM

Many people have personally attacked Shrey,and some have cast doubts on his credibility and sincerity after a video of him putting on an Indian accent emerged online.

These sort of personal attacks miss the point – they convert what could have been a constructive dialogue about race issues into a mudslinging contest that goes nowhere. I find it ironic that many who accuse him of jumping to conclusions with regard to the racism behind his audition experience also themselves jump to…

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“Your Tamil Isn’t Good Enough!”: The Rise of The Tamil Language Mafia

“Your Tamil Isn’t Good Enough!”: The Rise of The Tamil Language Mafia


I am friends with a girl who speaks Tamil really poorly, by societal standards at least. She comes from a Telugu speaking family and has little to no exposure to Tamil at home. In the ten years that we have known each other, she has steadfastly reduced the amount of Tamil that she speaks to me or anyone else for that matter.

One day, while casually chatting with her, I found out that she stopped speaking Tamil because many people had chided her on various occasions for not speaking ‘good’ Tamil. In fact, some were insensitive and rude enough to tell her that if she could not speak the language ‘properly’, then she should not speak it at all. Sadly, she took their advise and has stopped speaking this language altogether.

In recent years, I have noticed an alarming rise in the number of Tamil purists. They turn up at…

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