An Interesting Theory: On Apocalyptic Films

February 16, 2012 at 12:44 | Posted in Everything | 6 Comments

Slavoj Zizek is at it again when he is interviewed about his famously humorous but equally insightful usage of pop culture to describe philosophy.

An interesting idea is posed in the interview about the nature of “catastrophe” in modern day films. Zizek says that the proliferation of apocalyptic films in America and the fascination with the apocalypse has arisen out of the falling away of capitalism. He also cites that as capitalism collapses, human solidarity (or strength of relationship) is collapsing as well.

Thus, in such movies as 2012, 99% of humanity must die in order that a family of humans may live and discover that they love each other. The state of humanity is so sad today that the majority of people would never “know” each other unless all of humanity was wiped out.

Skip to 1:03 in order to hear Zizek say this (he explains better than I do):

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  1. That is an amazing beard. But on a more serious note. I always believed this, that the only way that we can unify is if a couple hundred million, hell even billions of us die out. It’s a shame that many tragedies of today happen to the wrong people, as Micheal Moore said, “You never see a CEO on a rooftop, begging for help”. It’s always the poorest, most broken people that suffer these fates, and it’s just ridiculous.

    2012 was a pretty shitty movie though, “The Road” is a much better, much more personal example. But the concept is still there. The fall of capitalism, and the rise of human solidarity as they put it. (I learned a new word today)

  2. “2012 was a pretty shitty movie though, “The Road” is a much better, much more personal example.” YEP. The Road is one of my favorites.

    Until people finally experience true pain, and finally regain their faith in death (instead of pretending that they are going to live forever and just play the hedonist card), they won’t be able to see each other as fellow humans, fellow sufferers.

    “as Micheal Moore said, “You never see a CEO on a rooftop, begging for help”.”

    Haha, Michael Moore. CEO’s aren’t begging for help but Michael Moore isn’t either. I’ve seen a few of his documentaries and they do bring to light some important issues (the one about foreclosure was good). Of course I do think he should lay off on the “I’m one of you” deal (Capitalism: A Love Story has him dressed like the “proletariat”), he’s a pretty rich guy without problems.

  3. I’m well aware that he’s pretty well off, so maybe not the BEST example, but his documentaries shed some rather disturbing light on these concepts.

    Also I find the term “Individualism” rather contradictory when it comes to political terms…

  4. “Also I find the term “Individualism” rather contradictory when it comes to political terms…”

    You should make a post about that topic.

  5. But…think of all the people I could offend! (which is fuck all no one.)

  6. “But…think of all the people I could offend! (which is fuck all no one.)”

    For some reason, I found this to be one of the funniest things you’ve ever said. The way I imagined it, it was priceless.

    REGARDLESS DO THE POST :>


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