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On cerebral celebrity and reality TV: subjectivity in times of brain-scans and psychotainment

Jan De Vos (UGent)
(2009) CONFIGURATIONS. 17(3). p.259-283
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The philosopher Daniel C. Dennett developed a theory of consciousness in which he replaces the so-called “Cartesian theatre” with conceptions such as “fame in the brain” and “cerebral celebrity”. The paradox of this is that Dennett unwittingly re-introduces the metaphors of the stage and the screen. The use of this trope is pursued in this article in order to juxtapose Dennett’s theory with reality TV and celebrity culture. This will allow us to sketch out late-modern subjectivity in times of brains-scans and psychotainment. Drawing on Walter Benjamin, Giorgi Agamben, Slavoj Žižek and others, a plea is made for a materialism of the zero-level of subjectivity.
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Subjectivity, Daniel Clement, Reality television programs, Dennett, Psychologization

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De Vos, Jan. 2009. “On Cerebral Celebrity and Reality TV: Subjectivity in Times of Brain-scans and Psychotainment.” Configurations 17 (3): 259–283.
APA
De Vos, Jan. (2009). On cerebral celebrity and reality TV: subjectivity in times of brain-scans and psychotainment. CONFIGURATIONS, 17(3), 259–283.
Vancouver
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De Vos J. On cerebral celebrity and reality TV: subjectivity in times of brain-scans and psychotainment. CONFIGURATIONS. 2009;17(3):259–83.
MLA
De Vos, Jan. “On Cerebral Celebrity and Reality TV: Subjectivity in Times of Brain-scans and Psychotainment.” CONFIGURATIONS 17.3 (2009): 259–283. Print.
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  abstract     = {The philosopher Daniel C. Dennett developed a theory of consciousness in which he replaces the so-called “Cartesian theatre” with conceptions such as “fame in the brain” and “cerebral celebrity”. The paradox of this is that Dennett unwittingly re-introduces the metaphors of the stage and the screen. The use of this trope is pursued in this article in order to juxtapose Dennett’s theory with reality TV and celebrity culture. This will allow us to sketch out late-modern subjectivity in times of brains-scans and psychotainment. Drawing on Walter Benjamin, Giorgi Agamben, Slavoj Žižek and others, a plea is made for a materialism of the zero-level of subjectivity.},
  author       = {De Vos, Jan},
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  journal      = {CONFIGURATIONS},
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {259--283},
  title        = {On cerebral celebrity and reality TV: subjectivity in times of brain-scans and psychotainment},
  volume       = {17},
  year         = {2009},
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