MINDFUL PLEASURES: POPULISM AND PARANOIA IN CONSPIRACY CULTURE
Psychoanalytic concepts are often used beyond their clinical
significance; they become part of ordinary language and of
various academic vocabularies. Designating the culture of suspicion
that has invariably characterized modern societies, paranoid
fantasy also names the libidinal investment in conspiracy narratives,
from the unrecorded doxa of people living with (global)
media and information systems to the postmodern literature and
cinema of the Cold War age. My paper investigates the discourse
of paranoid conspiracy while o#ering a critique of Marxist interpretations
of this social phenomenon.
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