The Ecstasy of Communication / Edition 1

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780936756363
  • Publisher: Semiotexte/Smart Art
  • Publication date: 6/1/1988
  • Series: Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128

Meet the Author

Jean Baudrillard (1929—2007) was a philosopher, sociologist, cultural critic, and theorist of postmodernity who challenged all existing theories of contemporary society with humor and precision.

An outsider in the French intellectual establishment, he was internationally renowned as a twenty-first century visionary, reporter, and provocateur.

Jean-Louis Violeau is a sociologist and researcher at the"Architecture-Culture-Société" laboratory of the Ecole d'architecture de Paris-Malaquais in Paris. His most recent book is Les Architectes et Mai 68.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Baudrillard, the Ghost 9

Introduction 17

1 The Ecstasy of Communication 19

2 Rituals of Transparency 31

3 Metamorphosis, Metaphor, Metastasis 43

4 Seduction, or The Superficial Abyss 51

5 From the System of Objects to the Destiny of the Object 65

6 Why Theory? 79

Conclusion 83

Notes 85

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2000

    the super high-way

    incredibly provocative depiction of communication in the 21st Century. on the edge, poignant theoretical suggestions designed to reshape the ways in which we perceive our present and future methods of connecting with the-other.

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