Zoran Terzić: Idiocracy

Zoran Terzić

The Culture of the New Idiot

Übersetzt von Michael Turnbull

Broschur, 192 Seiten

PDF, 192 Seiten


There is a new quality of idiocy today. While the old idiot derived knowledge from isolation, the new idiot refuses all understanding of the world. A figure of systematic incompetence, the new idiot is impacting global culture and politics alike, giving rise to surprising, often absurd competences. Yesterday’s “fake news” or “post-truths” can be read today as evidence of an ongoing transformation of self-politics in which the idiotic impulse is redefining our experience of the world. Despite talk of global awareness, the isolated self of the many is all the more effective. It brings about a culture of happy singletons strolling towards a black hole that has become their substitute for society.

Zoran Terzic’s wide-ranging essay takes up the figure of the idiot and follows its numerous appearances throughout intellectual history in an examination of the “art of the idiotic” that both reflects and transcends the freneticism of the present.

  • 7–10

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  • 13–20

    Zero Expression

  • 21–32

    Tour d’idiot—A History of the Peculiar Person

  • 33–50

    The Two Realms of the Idiot

  • 51–60

    The Crudest Pattern

  • 61–76

    The Idiotic Real

  • 81–88

    The Zeroed Society

  • 89–102

    Political Idiocy

  • 103–110

    The Will to Absurdity

  • 111–126

    Dialectic of Incompetence

  • 127–134

    The Frenetic Subject

  • 135–150

    Wendy’s World

  • 151–160

    Phenomenology of the Many

  • 161–171


  • 172


  • 173–191


  • Subjektivierung
  • Politik
  • Mediengesellschaft
  • Gegenwartskultur
  • Kultursoziologie
  • Idiotie
  • Subjekt

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Zoran Terzić

Zoran Terzić

geboren 1969 in Banja Luka, studierte Soziologie, Jazz-Piano und Kommunikationsdesign in Nürnberg und Wuppertal sowie Bildende Kunst in New York und widmete sich danach dem Schreiben. Promotion zum Dr. phil. 2006. Er lebt seit 2001 in Berlin.