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The Culture of the New Idiot

Distributed for DIAPHANES


The Culture of the New Idiot

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 ​Terzić’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.

192 pages | 5 1/4 x 8 1/4

Philosophy: Aesthetics

Political Science: Political Behavior and Public Opinion


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"Arriving in translation from German, Zoran Terzic’s Idiocracy: Thinking and Acting in the Age of the Idiot [. . .] identifies 'a new quality of idiocy today' that derives, not from mere ignorance, but from a deliberate refusal to understand things."

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