• Eva Strnadová

Like a Thief in Broad Daylight

Slavoj Žižek argues a lasting revolution has already happened unnoticed, like a thief in broad daylight. He encourages his readers to see and become aware of it.

About the Author

Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian philosopher and a researcher at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Ljubljana. He is equally an international director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities of the University of London. Influenced by Hegel and Lacan, Žižek’s book covers a broad range of topics treated with his typical sense of humour.

The 'era of post-humanity'

'In this way, social control no longer needs to be exerted in the old “totalitarian” mode, through open domination—we are already manipulated and regulated when we act freely, just following our needs and desires.' Slavoj Žižek

In his book, Slavoj Žižek considers the new danger and radical possibilities presented by Big Tech companies. He explored the dangers of scientific and technological advances from the automation of work, the virtualisation of money, the dissipation of class communities, to the rise of immaterial, intellectual labour. He calls the changing nature of social progress an ‘era of post-humanity’.

The ‘era of post-humanity’ is defined by the expanding role of science, technology and digital media in social control and regulation. Furthermore, the term predicts a direct connection between human brains and the digital network.

In the ‘era of post-humanity’, Žižek perceives the end of the world more plausible than the end of capitalism.

Book reviewed: Slavoj Žižek, Like A Thief In Broad Daylight: Power in the Era of Post-Humanity (Penguin Books Ltd, 2019).