I received a package of books from Amazon yesterday and I immediately picked up Slavoj Žižek’s book Living in the End Times (2010). Not only does it appear to be the book I was looking for to analyze the 2012 circus, I will even have use for it in my “water” project, but I will come back to that later on since I will have to rearrange at least one or two of my case studies. On page 4 Žižek has this to say about Glenn Beck at Fox News (who we all know is an archaeologist). In several ways this description suits some people in the 2012 circus:
Fox News’s Glenn Beck, the infamous Groucho Marx of the populist Right, deserves his reputation for provoking laughter-but not where he intends to do so. The dramaturgy of his typical routine begins with a violently satiric presentation of his opponents and their arguments, accompanied by a grimacing worthy of Jim Carrey; this part, which is supposed to make us laugh, is then followed by a “serious” sentimental moral message. But we should simply postpone our laughter to this concluding moment: it is the stupidity of the final “serious” point which is laughable, not the acerbic satire whose vulgarity should merely embarrass any decent thinking person.