Monday, October 24, 2011

Violence: Six Sideways Reflections

Read this book by Slavoj Zizek this week for Social Theory, and it is really interesting. I highly recommend it. The part that I found really interesting was in the second section on fetishist disavowal, the idea that I know an act of violence is happening here but I don't want to know, so therefore I don't know. If you are a bystander on an act of violence and you pretend like nothings wrong are you therefore being violent? I immediately thought of someone buying a shirt from a company that uses child labor and unjust working conditions, if that person knows about this, yet still buys and wears the shirts, are they violent for not intervening? Interesting stuff!

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