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World-renowned for his lively and often iconoclastic reading of contemporary culture and thought, Jean Baudrillard here turns his hand to topical political debates and issues. In this collection of journalistic essays Baudrillard addresses subjects ranging from those already established as his trademark (virtual reality, Disney, television) to more unusual topics such as the Western intervention in Bosnia, children's rights, Holocaust revisionism, AIDS, the Rushdie fatwa, Formula One racing, mad cow disease, ...
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Overview

World-renowned for his lively and often iconoclastic reading of contemporary culture and thought, Jean Baudrillard here turns his hand to topical political debates and issues. In this collection of journalistic essays Baudrillard addresses subjects ranging from those already established as his trademark (virtual reality, Disney, television) to more unusual topics such as the Western intervention in Bosnia, children's rights, Holocaust revisionism, AIDS, the Rushdie fatwa, Formula One racing, mad cow disease, genetic cloning, and the uselessness of Chirac. These are coruscating and intriguing articles, not least because they show that Baudrillard is - pace his critics - still susceptible and alert to influences from social movements and the world beyond the hyperreal.
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i-D Magazine
[T]he most influential prophet of the media since Marshall McLuhan.
J. G. Ballard
The most important French thinker of the past twenty years.
New York Times
A sharp-shooting lone ranger of the post-Marxist left.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781781681558
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Series: Radical Thinkers Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,406,273
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Foreword
AIDS: Virulence or Prophylaxis? 1
We are all Transsexuals Now 9
Necrospective around Martin Heidegger 15
In Praise of a Virtual Crash 21
The Viral Economy 26
The Depressurization of the West 33
The Defrosting of Eastern Europe and the End of History 39
No Pity for Sarajevo 45
Otherness Surgery 51
The Powerlessness of the Virtual 57
Western Subserbience 62
When the West Takes the Dead Man's Place 66
The Great Laundering 70
Weep, Citizens! 75
Helots and Elites 79
Information at the Meteorological Stage 85
Disembodied Violence: Hate 91
Psychedelic Violence: Drugs 96
The Dark Continent of Childhood 102
The Double Extermination 107
'Lost from View' and Truly Disappeared 112
Sexuality as a Sexually Transmitted Disease 118
Sovereignty of the Strike 123
Tierra del Fuego - New York 128
World Debt and Parallel Universe 133
The Shadow of the Commendatore 138
The Mirror of Corruption 144
Disneyworld Company 150
The Global and the Universal 155
Deep Blue or the Computer's Melancholia 160
The Racing Driver and his Double 166
Ruminations for Spongiform Encephala 171
Screened Out 176
The Art Conspiracy 181
TV Fantasies 186
Of Course Chirac is Useless 191
The Clone or the Degree Xerox of the Species 196
Exorcism in Politics or the Conspiracy of Imbeciles 203
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