Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Centralizing Drive of ‘Would You Rather….?’

Any university student will be familiar with the game ‘Would You Rather…?’ Initially a drinking-game, it’s now so common that it’s played out across text messages, in offices, and in school playgrounds on every day of the year. The game has become something of a cultural phenomenon; in 2012 it had a film named after […]


The above is a familiar command, which immediately conjures up the subject positions involved: the well-meaning parent and the obstinate child. But what does this injunction entail, and how do we follow it? Does not the fact that the statement is a command already deconstruct it, pointing to the element within it that undoes its […]

The Bling Ring ‘Thing’

The transcript of Jacques Lacan’s seminar dated May 25th, 1960 records a “murmur of pleasure” when the great psychoanalyst recommends that his students attend Federico Fellini’s new film, La Dolce Vita. In the film’s final scene, the fashionable guests of a decadent all-night party walk through a beach-side wood towards what Lacan refers to as […]

Zombies and Philosophy

Running is not an option. Zombies are clawing their way into our homes and getting to our brains. They have invaded comics, literature, TV, film, music videos and games. Now, barely a day goes by in which the internet doesn’t make reference to a zombie apocalypse. We’re all infected. The Resident Evil video game series […]

The Scrabble Squabble; or, the Plight of Online Opposition

  The group behind the Facebook application Scrabble posts a picture of tiles reading ‘M3O1M3E1N1T1S1’, asking ‘how many words can you create?’ The comments beneath are unanimous: ‘pity the letters C, R, A, P weren’t there!’, ‘you caused upset worldwide the MOMENT you changed all this’, ‘your new format is rubbish!’; plainly: ‘bring back the […]

Consumero ex nihilo: ‘Air is part of the Recipe’

Jacques Lacan at the start of his seminar on The Ethics of Psychoanalysis states that desire ‘is always desire in the second degree, desire of desire.’ He then discusses how ‘the value of a thing is [in] its desirability[;] the point is to know if it is worthy of being desired, if it is desirable for one […]

Getting Google’s Approval

Pornography is abundant. For most of the Western world, it has never been easier to access explicit material to satisfy almost any desire. From an era in which (generally male) adolescents got their titillation from stolen glances of page 3 or Channel 5’s humble offerings of softcore erotica, there is Wi-Fi and with it, instant access to an immense range of entirely free pornography.               To find their […]