by Arran James

I see through it all; this is the maxim of our time. It is more than irony, this cynicism, because it takes the conditions of its existence and itself as entirely necessary. How can there be truth, or Truth, if I can see through it.

The jouissance of RealityTV is no longer the rendering inauthentic of reality but the subject’s response to this; “this is so obviously scripted!”; “shooting from that angle the other camera should have been visible! But it wasn’t! So they obviously shot that scene more than once!” The jouissance is that of knowing whilst believing nothing.

Cartesian doubt is replaced by a perverse form of Cynical certainty.

Against this I want to reaffirm a thousand reductionists. Facts are beautiful! fMRIs aren’t just pretty pictures!