Tuesday, November 25, 2014

re:


looting
verb

     1. When people acquire goods in times of trouble to convince themselves they have a future.






Reworked from Céline's Journey to the End of the Night: "They looted to take their minds off their troubles, to make it look as if they had years before them. Everybody likes that feeling. [...] Even with a bullet in their gut, they'd go on picking up old shoes that 'might come in handy.' The way a sheep, lying on its side in a meadow, will keep on grazing with its dying breath."


3 comments:

Tyler said...


to all one-dimensional thinkers who might stumble here: i am not defending looting—you missed the point.

Tyler said...

Also: Ferguson Protesters Guard Stores From Looters

the curator said...

Žižek's interpretation of looting from The Pervert's Guide to Ideology: "It is the reaction of people who are totally caught into the predominant ideology but have no ways to realize what this ideology demands of them. So it's kind of a wild acting out within this ideological space of consumerism. ...The only functioning ideology is pure consumerism, [so] no wonder what you get as a form of protest."
http://youtu.be/8bx515O2l8Y?t=2m16s