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IdiocracyThe Culture of the New Idiot

Zoran Terzić - Idiocracy
Zoran Terzić's wide-ranging and sharply detailed essay takes up the cultural-historical figure of the idiot and follows its numerous appearances throughout intellectual history in an examination of the art of idiocy that extends outside the hypertrophic present.
There is a new quality of idiocy today. While the old idiot derived knowledge from isolation, the new idiot refuses all understanding of the world. A figure of systematic incompetence, the new idiot is impacting global culture and politics alike, giving rise to surprising, often absurd competences. Yesterday's "fake news" or "post-truths" can be read today as evidence of an ongoing transformation of self-politics in which the idiotic impulse is redefining our experience of the world. Despite talk of global awareness, the isolated self of the many is all the more effective. It brings about a culture of happy singletons strolling towards a black hole that has become their substitute for society.
Zoran Terzić's wide-ranging essay takes up the figure of the idiot and follows its numerous appearances throughout intellectual history in an examination of the "art of the idiotic" that both reflects and transcends the freneticism of the present.
Born 1969 in Banja Luka, Zoran Terzić studied sociology, jazz piano, and communication design in Nuremberg and Wuppertal, and visual art in New York, following which he devoted himself to writing. PhD in 2006. He has lived in Berlin since 2001.
Translated from the German by Michael Turnbull.
 
published in September 2022
English edition
13,5 x 21 cm (softcover)
192 pages
 
40.00
 
ISBN : 978-3-03580-367-9
EAN : 9783035803679
 
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