Is this the latest "superstar" professor?

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Is this the latest "superstar" professor?

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Sounds to me like Fashionable Nonsense redux.

So, I first ran into this article in Slate:
Please Stop Worshipping the Superstar Professor Who Calls Students “Boring Idiots”
So there's a bit of a backlash against him, but he has a devoted following of sycophants (or so I gather) who think he's just the bee's knees. And he's having a spat with Noam Chomsky, who called him a charlatan.

His name is Slavoj Žižek, and he's Slovenian. He comes from the "continental tradition of asking ontological questions" according to The Guardian.

From his Wiki:
Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian Marxist philosopher, psychoanalyst and cultural critic. He is a senior researcher at the Institute for Sociology and Philosophy, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and international director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities. In July 2013, he was appointed as an Eminent Scholar at Kyung Hee University, South Korea.[1] He writes widely on a diverse range of topics, including political theory, film theory, cultural studies, theology, psychoanalysis.

Žižek achieved international recognition as a social theorist after the 1989 publication of his first book in English, The Sublime Object of Ideology, which disputed a Marxist interpretation of ideology as false consciousness and argued for ideology as an unconscious fantasy that structures reality. Žižek considers himself a political radical and critic of neoliberalism. His political thought represents one of two paths of a progressive alternative—either a return to the program of socialism, which Žižek and Alain Badiou advocate, or the proposal of an alternative vision of social arrangements, which is taken up by contemporaries such as Roberto Unger.[2][3]

His unorthodox style, frequent newspaper op-eds, and popular academic books have gained Žižek a wide following and international influence. He has been labelled by some the "Elvis of cultural theory"[4] and Foreign Policy listed him on its 2012 list of Top 100 Global Thinkers, calling him "a celebrity philosopher."[5] Žižek's work was chronicled in a 2005 documentary film entitled Zizek!. A scholarly journal, the International Journal of Žižek Studies, was also founded to engage his work.[6]
Ontology, ideology, and the Real

In developing a thesis of ideology and its function, Žižek makes two intertwined arguments:[8]

1. He begins with a critique of Marx's concept of ideology (as described in The German Ideology) in which people are beholden to false consciousness that prevents them from seeing how things really are. Žižek argues that people's deepest motives are unconscious and that ideology functions as a justification for the existing social order. That is, reality is constructed through ideology.
2. However, the Real is not equivalent to the reality experienced by subjects as a meaningfully ordered totality. For Žižek, the Real names points within the ontological fabric, knitted by the hegemonic systems of representation and reproduction, that nevertheless resist full inscription into its terms and that may as such attempt to generate sites of active political resistance.
Political thought and the postmodern subject

Žižek argues that the state is a system of regulatory institutions that shape our behavior. Its power is purely symbolic and has no normative force outside of collective behavior. In this way, the term the law signifies society's basic principles, which enable interaction by prohibiting certain acts.[12]
It goes on and on.

But, apparently, this sort of man is still considered a "superstar" by some, and this sort of mumbo-jumbo is deep thought?
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Never heard of him.

And I have heard of many.

I have also heard of many bullshit artists.

I never heard of this one.

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Me neither until reading this article.

I like that there's an International Journal of Žižek Studies.

http://zizekstudies.org/index.php/ijzs/index

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Like Derrida.

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Indeed. Like Derrida. In fact, I don't even see any new twist.

How is it though, that this whole miniature ecosystem of bullshit persists in the universities?

I mean, there must be whole departments devoted to this sort of thing. I encountered in my own school. This was before my bullshit detector was fully functioning. The journal appears to contain hundreds of articles from dozens of authors.

If you go to college or send your kid to college, you are probably helping to pay for all this somehow.
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Well . . . it is like this . . . by the time you make it through a Ph.D. program--a real one--and make it to tenure you almost have to have an elevated sense of yourself having been beaten for years. You then present to The Children concepts of which they have never known. You seem like a prophet to them.

I heard a lecture from a Very Prominent Professor on teaching. Someone asked him advice.

"Don't sleep with your students."

There was first a titter of laughter at what was a hilarious line. Sort of the one-liners We Netizens [Pat. Pend.--Ed.] deliver all the time. But he was serious. In the rain. Okay, it was inside and the roof was competent. But if you take the [Get on with it!--Ed.]

He looked very seriously as the laughter died like a bad joke dying in a bad way dying bad dead.

"Don't sleep with your student's wives," he continued.

His point recognized the authority such a person has over people. Sexual is, of course, more extreme but it carries on. People "learn a certain way" and it is comfortable, so they defend the teacher to defend themselves. I encounter this all of the time. I do not want to tell them, "your teacher was full of shit," but sometimes I have to. I had enough teachers explain to me how my other teachers were full of shit that I learned to demand data. This has continued until recent times where I basically gave directions to a former mentor how best to insert his head up his fundament as: "Do nothing, it is already there." Over the years, he made "compromises"--"You have to understand!"--which detracted from the discipline. HIS STUDENTS worshiped the ground he walked on but proved very limited and unable to at all apply what they were suppose to learn. In the Real World that does not care, they failed.

Miserably.

He blamed the world. Of course he blamed me for suggesting he look at the world. "But I can't help fools."

However, the wonderful thing about tenure and all of that is you are never wrong officially, even if it damages your students.

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"Doctor X is just treating you the way he treats everyone--as subhuman crap too dumb to breathe in after you breathe out." – Don
DocX: FTW. – sparks
"Doctor X wins again." – Pyrrho
"Never sorry to make a racist Fucktard cry." – His Humble MagNIfIcence
"It was the criticisms of Doc X, actually, that let me see more clearly how far the hypocrisy had gone." – clarsct
"I'd leave it up to Doctor X who has been a benevolent tyrant so far." – Grammatron
"Indeed you are a river to your people.
Shit. That's going to end up in your sig." – Pyrrho
"Try a twelve step program and accept Doctor X as your High Power." – asthmatic camel
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Anaxagoras wrote:Me neither until reading this article.

I like that there's an International Journal of Žižek Studies.

http://zizekstudies.org/index.php/ijzs/index

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