In the latest issue of S, the journal of Leeds Surrealist Group, I have an essay, ‘A Tower Struck by Lightning’ – on, amongst other things, Surrealism’s assimilation – in which I make reference to the entry for ‘Abject’ in Dexter’s Dictionary: Radical Language Exposed, A – D, published by Pelagian Press sometime in the mid 1990s.
Here is the full entry:
Anyone who consents to appear on TV as a specimen of anything whatsoever may be said to abjecting themselves. A homeless youth appearing in order to provide a visual illustration for a ‘concerned’ documentary is an obvious example. The term also applies, however, to all real people submitting themselves to use by the media an instances of anything, whether game-show contestants, ‘ordinary people’, successful ethnic entrepreneurs or any other category; all are equally abjectifications insofar as they are people being made to make supplication to a framing device. The most extreme form of abjection yet devised is to get people to appear on the Oprah Winfrey show.
Further information on S No.5 can be found here.