The guest this week is Mark Fisher. Fisher is the author of the book Capitalist Realism and Ghosts of My Life (writings on depression, hauntology and lost futures). Fisher is also the author of an essay on the hit television show Breaking Bad for the New Humanist magazine and it’s this essay which will be the subject of this week’s podcast.
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To set up this interview I thought I’d paste in an excerpt from Mark Fisher’s essay:
Who needs religion when you have television? On soap operas, unlike in life, villainous characters almost always face their comeuppance. TV cops may now be required to have âcomplicatedâ private lives and dubious personal ethics, but weâre seldom in any serious doubt about the difference between good and evil, and on which side of the line the maverick cop ultimately falls. The persistence of the fantasy that justice is guaranteed â a religious fantasy â wouldnât have surprised the great thinkers of modernity. Theorists such as Spinoza, Kant, Nietzsche and Marx argued that atheism was extremely difficult to practise. Itâs all very well professing a lack of belief in God, but itâs much harder to give up the habits of thought which assume providence, divine justice and a secure distinction between good and evil.