What is ideology? For a great primer on ideology we turn to Slovo Zizek’s analysis of the film They Live. Zizek states, “We think that ideology is something that is blurring or confusing our straight view. Ideology should be glasses which distort our view and the critique of ideology should be the opposite, like, you take off the glasses to see how things really are…This precisely is the ultimate illusion. Ideology is not simply imposed on ourselves, ideology is our spontaneous relationship to our social world, how we perceive it’s meaning and so on and so on. We enjoy our ideology.”
We can think of ideology as a trash can we are all eating from, the point is to be able to recognize ideology when we see it. Sometimes this means taking the glasses off, sometimes it means finding new ones.