My media week 05/07/10

The LSE has the always-entertaining Slavoj Žižek talking about his latest book Living in the End Times. Here is the blurb:

“Slavoj Žižek has identified the four horsemen of this coming apocalypse: the worldwide ecological crisis; imbalances within the economic system; the biogenetic revolution; and exploding social divisions and ruptures. But, he asks, if the end of capitalism seems to many like the end of the world, how is it possible for Western society to face up to the end times? In a major new analysis of our global situation, Slavok Žižek argues that our collective responses to economic Armageddon correspond to the stages of grief: ideological denial, explosions of anger and attempts at bargaining, followed by depression and withdrawal. After passing through this zero-point, we can begin to perceive the crisis as a chance for a new beginning. Or, as Mao Zedong put it, “There is great disorder under heaven, the situation is excellent.”

Here is a fascinating infographic about the size of the internet.

Reason.tv has this video: 3 Reasons New Financial Regs Won’t Fix Anything

On the Spiked website Mick Hume argues that by turning the defeat by Germany in a football match into a metaphor for society’s ills we have lost all sense of perspective.

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