in most elevators is a totally dysfunctional placebo,
placed there just to give the individuals the impression
that they are somehow participating, contributing to
the speed of the elevator journey—when we push this
button, the door closes in exactly the same time as when
we just pressed the floor button without 'speeding up'
the process by pressing also the 'Close the door' button.
This extreme case of fake participation is an appropriate
metaphor of the participation of individuals in our
'postmodern' political process.”—Slavoj Zˇizˇek, senior
researcher, Institute for Advanced Study in the
Humanities, Essen, Germany