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L'illusion De La Fin, Ou, La Greve Des Evenements (Collection L'espace Critique) (French Edition)
Title:L'illusion De La Fin, Ou, La Greve Des Evenements (Collection L'espace Critique) (French Edition)
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Number of Pages:170
Category:philosophy, theory, non-fiction, criticism
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p The first full length translation in English of an essential work of postmodernism br br The publication of i Simulacra et Simulation i in marked Jean Baudrillard s first important step toward theorizing the postmodern Moving away from the Marxist Freudian approaches that had concerned him earlier Baudrillard developed in this book a theory of contemporary culture that relies on displacing economic notions of cultural production with notions of cultural expenditure br br Baudrillard uses the concepts of the simulacra the copy without an original and simulation These terms are crucial to an understanding of the postmodern to the extent that they address the concept of mass reproduction and reproduceability that characterizes our electronic media culture br br Baudrillard s book represents a unique and original effort to rethink cultural theory from the perspective of a new concept of cultural materialism one that radically redefines postmodern formulations of the body br br b Sheila Glaser b is an editor at i Artforum magazine i p, This book marks an important evolution in Jean Baudrillard s thought as he leaves behind his older and better known concept of the simulacrum and tackles the new problem of digital technology acquiring organicity The resulting world of cold communication and its indifferent alterity seduction metamorphoses metastases and transparency requires a new form of response Writing in the shadow of Marshall McLuhan Baudrillard insists that the content of communication is completely without meaning the only thing that is communicated is communication itself He sees the masses writhing in an orgiastic ecstasy of communications Baudrillard navigates the Object s maelstrom with the euphoria of the astronaut reentering Earth s atmosphere with no possibility of assistance from Mission Control, i The System of Objects i is a tour de force a theoretical letter in a bottle tossed into the ocean in which brilliantly communicates to us all the live ideas of the day br br Pressing Freudian and Saussurean categories into the service of a basically Marxist perspective i The System of Objects i offers a cultural critique of the commodity in consumer society Baudrillard classifies the everyday objects of the new technical order as functional nonfunctional and metafunctional He contrasts modern and traditional functional objects subjecting home furnishing and interior design to a celebrated semiological analysis His treatment of nonfunctional or marginal objects focuses on antiques and the psychology of collecting while the metafunctional category extends to the useless the aberrant and even the schizofunctional Finally Baudrillard deals at length with the implications of credit and advertising for the commodification of everyday life br br i The System of Objects i is a tour de force of the materialist semiotics of the early Baudrillard who emerges in retrospect as something of a lightning rod for all the live ideas of the day Bataille s political economy of expenditure and Mauss s theory of the gift Reisman s lonely crowd and the technological society of Jacques Ellul the structuralism of Roland Barthes in i The System of Fashion i Henri Lefebvre s work on the social construction of space and last but not least Guy Debord s situationist critique of the spectacle, Baudrillard sees the power of the terrorists as lying in the symbolism of slaughter not merely the reality of death but in a sacrifice that challenges the whole system Where previously the old revolutionary sought to conduct a struggle between real forces in the context of ideology and politics the new terrorist mounts a powerful symbolic challenge which when combined with high tech resources constitutes an unprecedented assault on an over sophisticated and vulnerable West This new edition is up dated with the essays Hypotheses on Terrorism and Violence of the Global