— from “Slavoj Žižek: Humanity is OK, but 99% of people are boring idiots" by Decca Aitkenhead.
"'Yeah, because I'm extremely romantic here. You know what is my fear? This postmodern, permissive, pragmatic etiquette towards sex. It's horrible. They claim sex is healthy; it's good for the heart, for blood circulation, it relaxes you. They even go into how kissing is also good because it develops the muscles here – this is horrible, my God!' He's appalled by the promise of dating agencies to 'outsource' the risk of romance. 'It's no longer that absolute passion. I like this idea of sex as part of love, you know: “I'm ready to sell my mother into slavery just to fuck you for ever.” There is something nice, transcendent, about it. I remain incurably romantic.'"
"Facebook is a guilty addictive pleasure that goes beyond any biological need and is symptomatic of excessive enjoyment or jouissance. It is both partial, because complete satisfaction can never been achieved, and excessive because it goes beyond necessary need, or what is rational, prudent or useful. Jouissance is not able to be symbolized or approached rationally. It is often instead that excess for the sake of which we might do something irrational or counter-productive, like procrastinate on Facebook. We obtain a partial, but never complete, jouissance when we use Facebook which stimulates further desire and reproduces our attachment, and exploitation, by the Facebook site. This is found in the scoptophilic enjoyment of the Facebook stalker whose offline voyeuristic tendencies are intensified by access to countless images of others to devour with their eyes (Fenichel, 1999), or in the tendency to amass jouissance through the accumulation of friends. Receiving recognition from the other is a source of partial jouissance in a society and social matrix of ‘continuous partial attention’ (Burt, 2010), where desire is structured to crave constant responses. No matter how often and fast we check our Facebook Wall, inbox, or blog, we will never be completely satisfied but will continue to look for the next status update, email, or comment to the point where desire desires nothing but itself."
— from “Reading Facebook Through Lacan" by Oliver Mannion (New Zealand Sociology).