Category Archives: Bad Propaganda

Los poetas también son malos propagandistas

Percy Bysshe Shelley tuvo, como sus legendarios contemporáneos Byron y Hegel, la ventaja inmejorable de morir joven (*) y dejar un cadáver razonablemente bonito detrás (**). Por suerte, tenía dinero para vivir sin trabajar, porque su desordenada vida amorosa no … Continue reading

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Dante Alighieri, Bad Propagandist (2)

I’ve been reading the French-language series of historical novels Le Rois Maudits, which is excellent (and promoted in English version by George RR Martin: “This is the original Game of Thrones!”). In the third volume, “The Poisoned Crown,” Dante Alighieri, … Continue reading

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Borges sobre los abajofirmantes

Cuando era adolescente, en la España de los 80, uno podía encontrar en la tele el programa sobre debate cinematográfico-cultural-literario La Clave; después llegó la moda de debates sobre los derechos de los famosos (gracias Telecinco). El equivalente cultureta de … Continue reading

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The Matrix, an explainer of revolutionary failures

In The Parallax View, Slavoj Zizek looks at The Matrix movies for an explanation of the failures of modern progressive movements. In his reading, the entire series–but in particular the first movie–represent a perfect description of the obstacles faced by … Continue reading

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Dante Alighieri Was Really Bad at Propaganda

The great Tim Parks writes about the latest biography of Dante Alighieri in the London Review of Books. It’s clear that Dante was one of the world’s greatest bad propagandists, and the Divine Comedy is not really about Love or … Continue reading

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Two Views of Kung Fu Panda: Zizek Vs Weinstein

Slavoj Zizek thinks that Kung Fu Panda, the movie, pretty much presents the audience with everything that’s wrong with modernity. He speaks about the subject with surprising frequency, and several of his references are in Youtube videos like this one: … Continue reading

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An artist is just a bad propagandist (2)

In one of my first posts I argued that many artists are just inept propagandists: they have an idea they want to defend or promote, they do it poorly and muddle the message; then, art emerges in the process, like … Continue reading

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