The Zizekian Horror of Spielberg’s “Ready Player One”
I might add another twist￼.
The emancipatory narrative that accompanies a critique in the sense of some sort of ethical compromise or the “Hidden meaning” underneath the overt presentation of plotline and set, Can itself be seen as a posture which wants to move towards emancipation. The problem then is that such a discourse falls into the same critique that it gives upon, say, this movie “ready player one”. Namely, that the critique, or the subject that is doing the critique, is emancipated, that he has been able to pull himself out of this “false dichotomy” which critiques elements of the screen presentation as though from a position beyond or above or otherwise better than what is being presented on the screen. The critique it self thus implies that there is some manner of understanding that will allow the center of the gaze, The gazing subject, to remove itself from the problematic ideological confinement.
What no one really wishes to remember, to bring into reality with them, is that there is no effective communication from outside of a situation. Rather the effect is dominance, one way communication of intention. The presumption involved in being able to communicate into a given situation from a position that is outside of it it’s called feudal sovereignty in one sense and colonialization in another. What comes up in the condition of emancipatory politics currently is the ideological residue which is proposed to be solved in the effort of critique. The discussion of race relations, for example, knows that critique only sets the stage.
This is the perpetuation of irony that people on one hand think they’ve gotten beyond or that it’s a thing of the past or some particular philosophical era, and on the other hand informs their very ability to progress in some ethical manner while remaining outside of the repercussions of that intervention, which is to say, of that correction from sovereignty.
We should’ve learned at least 30 years ago that the way situation is able to be affected in a positive manner is to find a way into the system, yet without the reasonable default of an out. Though necessary in the political environment, we cannot withhold something of ourselves in going to the front lines; we cannot all be generals sitting in our offices directing troop movements. Perhaps our problem is there is too many generals and not enough soldiers.
So it could be that and even more introspective critique upon this movie is that the goal should be that of getting the prize, because then once having gained entry into the system we might actually be able to do something about the problems it presents. So long as we withhold something from the system and propose to enact a correction upon it from outside, we have done little more then to enact and ethics of Emancipatory politics which has its roots in the colonization from sovereignty. There can be no emancipation without this sovereign element; what is at issue could concern why it is we all not only want to be kings but think we deserve to be?
The problem could be not so much that everyone goes after the prize, that this is something bad or something incorrect in the system, so much as it is the view about what the system is enacting and what the prize actually means or amounts to for the system itself.