Monday Zizek Quotation

by J.A. Myerson

From a speech he gave at my alma mater, before I went there.

It is a well known fact that the close-the-door button in most elevators is a totally dysfunctional placebo which is placed there just to give individuals the impression that they are somehow participating, contributing to the speed of the elevator journey. When we push this button the door closes in exactly the same time as when we just press the floor button without speeding up the process by pressing also the close-the-door button. This extreme and clear case of fake participation is, I claim, an appropriate metaphor [for] the participation of individuals in our post-modern political process.

Happy Monday, everyone. Now go slobber over the latest Romney v. Obama headlines!