Media, Information and Technoculture 2200F/G Lecture Notes - Mirror Stage, Michel Foucault, Reality Principle

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Beyond the pleasure principle sigmund freud (cctr) The mirror stage jacques lacan (cctr) How do we come to think about ourselves as individuals. How we identify ourselves, and how we conceptualize the idea i . Recall, althusser"s notion of interpellation: ideology acts" or functions" in such a way that it recruits" subjects among the individuals by that very precise operation which i have called interpretation or hailing. The subject: part of a collectivity, divided psychic activity/incoherent, unconscious, not entirely knowable, culturally determined and specific. The individual: autonomous, coherent, stable, conscious, self-knowable. Marx, nietzsche, and freud all took the rational stable, coherent subject out of the centre of their thinking. Nietzsche: of various forms of the will to power . Freud: of the unconscious our consciousness and self certainty are the effects of psychical defenses and reactions operating below the level of consciousness. As members of society, we have to repress the pleasure principle in favor of the reality principle.

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