The idea of choice has been elevated to an ideal of nearly religious dimensions in the United States and other Western democracies. But is there a dark side to the ideology of choice? Renata Salecl, the Slovenian philosopher and social critic, thinks there is. In this talk, Salecl draws from fields as diverse as sociology and psychoanalysis to problematize the unexamined promotion of choice. In fact, in the course of 15 minutes, she argues that our choices are seldom rational; in fact, an overabundance of choice is anxiety provoking, and, perhaps most provocatively, the ideology of choice actually blocks us from becoming productive and powerful agents within democratic societies. Whether or not one agrees with the critique, the talk certainly makes one think about the intricacies of choice.
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