it’s also probably bad that i think it’s hilarious how daniel tosh mobilizes more people than our ‘traditional’ social justice avenues
“history that repeats itself turns to farce. but farce that repeats itself ends up making a history. this means that by repeating and doubling themselves up, even simulacra end up forming our material destiny…” [Baudrillard]
in our paradoxical mass-media universe, the signifier ‘daniel tosh’ can become emblematic of social struggle. from all of this i think we can deduce the standard western approach to social justice:
step one: convert all particularity under the emblem of a master signifier; ‘quilt’ or ‘fix’ meaning pertaining to a given ideological field under a common Cause or symbol: “kony 2012”, “rape culture”, “class struggle”…
step two: make sure as hell that the Other knows that you support the Cause; post on your blog about it, update your facebook, inform all your friends concerning the ‘truth’ of laci green, daniel tosh, etc.
polarize particularity vis-à-vis the ‘law’ of excluded middle, construct enemy camps (“a”, “not-a”), then make a hullabaloo about being on the right side. make sure that God knows what a good little radical you’re being, otherwise it doesn’t count—material struggle be damned! we’re in the future now, where effecting social change matters less than our position in a symbolic constellation.
and how convenient for the ruling ideology that every antagonism—the anxiety or tension that goes along with it—can be dissolved in the public display of belonging to the correct camp, letting the Other know what good christians, communists, feminists we are. otherwise we might actually have to do something! lucky for us that our place in these heavens can be guaranteed by the correct amount of identification with the Cause!
it’s not my revolution unless i get a new profile picture out of it
this is so lacanian that it gives me retrograde orgasms