Thursday, October 9, 2008

Derrida on Film

It is very clear that Derrida resists being interviewed. He does not resist or reject the interviewers. Instead, he makes it very clear to them that he will only be responsive in the way he wishes to be. An example of this would is when Derrida is questioned about his relationship with Maquerite, he said he would only provide "superficial" information, a response the interviewer did not want to hear. Derrida makes viewers feel as though the process of interviewing is irrelevant, as recordings are seen as an image or symbol. In the documentary, Derrida makes it known that we are too consumed by media and what is recorded can be labeled false. He states that we are always being recorded and watched and thus we have been accustomed to it. Derrida himself shows that he is used to being recorded, this is shown to viewers when a camera crew puts a mic on him while he is in mid conversation with guests at an event. Derrida acts as though he is not fazed. He confirms that we are always being documented and recorded.
At the near end of his career and his life, it is evident that Derrida took the opportunity to express to viewers what he thought was important. He made this clear during an interview where the sitcom Seinfeld was brought up. When the question of the show was raised, he looked at the interviewer in disgrace and said that society needed to get back to reading and studying. Proving what Derrida wanted from society all along, and that was to think.

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