Žižek vs. Chomsky. A spat.
Pick a side, place a bet. Hedge yr bets.
Hated all this stuff when I was younger. I come from a practical working-class background - my dad was a mechanic - which I kinda 'abstracted' myself out of over two-three decades via Jack Kirby, Max Ernst and PKD (plus the fact that I. HAD. NOT. A SINGLE. PRACTICAL. BONE. IN. MY. BODY. - so you always rebel against the thing you came from, right?), but still retained a firm W-C 'suspicion' ( = envy) of those better / more roundly educated than me - of people who had the luxury of time n energy to even think about (let alone understand) things like this. I'm big enough to say that now.
Unfortunately, I'm now one of these navel-gazin' pseuds too. Someone, somewhere, is - quite rightly - sneering at me for even having an opinion on this. "Cuff me, officer. I did it."
Been increasingly digging the Post-Structuralists in recent years (like they're a fucking band or something); 'Big Others' and "absences" sit fairly comfortably at the centre of my own post-f3 mythosymbolology, I guess, plus, Žižek is gradually becoming my favourite contemporary comedian. I really started warming to him when I saw him sat entertaining the troops at #OccupyNY Ground-Zero.
As someone who grew up loving The Marx Bros, Three Stooges, 40's screwball comedy, etc and who then got into Surrealism, Dada, etc, an assault on Empiricism fits w/ my aesthetic values as much as my 'intellectual' instincts. I trained as a scientist, so you'd think that... ah, ferget it.
Anyway... I'm a dick, so feel free to call me out, but - hey - I still find it funny...