Calling All Girardians

by Caleb Stegall on August 26, 2010 · 3 comments <span>Print this article</span> Print this article

in Short

This story (and the broader phenomena it represents which would include everything from the explosion of reality TV to Facebook) illustrates what appears to be fertile new ground for Girardian inquiry into the new forms of mimetic desire and scapegoating that are emerging in our culture of technologically enhanced voyeurism.

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avatar D.W. Sabin August 26, 2010 at 9:45 am

Gee, I just can’t wait for some Brit variant of to Bob Saget comes on the telly with “Bloopers of the London Security Surveillance System”.

I’ll bet they have footage of that cat killing and eating one of the sparrows at Mrs. Haversham’s bird feeder.

avatar Kevin J Jones August 26, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Also for the Girardian files: the parasailing Russian donkey.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHS2IqbCQH4

avatar James Matthew Wilson August 30, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Quite a treat, when, in one story, one can combine the totalizing impulses of the surveillance state, the anti-humanist vitriol of animal “rights” activists, the indulgence of public spectacle, and an appeal innocence-by-victimhood. Any other modern pathologies in there that I missed?

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