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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Zizek! The smartest candidate

I caught the excellent documentary Zizek!, about, guess who, the other night. A particularly striking incident: In 1990, Zizek ran for president of Slovenia. They showed a televised debate where the moderator said something like 'we know your IQ is probably equal to everyone else here (about six people) combined--but can you let the others talk a little more?' Zizek explained to the filmmaker that immediately after this incident, his place in the polls jumped. What a contrast to the US! If a US candidate was ever described as smart, he would spend the next week urgently trying to prove that he's really just a stupid guy like everyone else.


  • I was there, too! You can see my blog entry about the film at dilip2006.blogspot.com .

    By Blogger Dilip, at 11:24 PM  

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