Simulacra and Simulation available in Paperback
The first full-length translation in English of an essential work of postmodernist thought
|Publisher:||University of Michigan Press|
|Series:||Body, In Theory: Histories of Cultural Materialism Series|
|Edition description:||English Language|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)|
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Baudrillard¿s book will disturb you. Plain and simple. However, enlightment only comes from a state of perturbation. His message? Read the book, however, be forewarned, too much information, too much recklessness from established beliefs, which allow for some sense of meaningfulness in your limited frame of reference, may make you realize that truth is just, well¿history. Adieu la verite.
Baudrillard has an unnecessarily dense writing style (he doesn't seem to think in a linear style -- he assumes that we know what he knows), but once you pick up the trick of translating what he's saying, this book is phenomenal. I especially found fascinating the section about media and the explosion of information in our world -- which we can see right here, in this fabulous little website. Makes me wonder what our future will be like, as a result of the influence of technology on the individual.
There is so much insight here, but it is packed behind extremely dense writing with little regard for the reader. It was as if the author never meant to publish his thoughts, or if he did, he had no pretensions about them lasting outside a very narrow readership. His diction is involved and presumes familiarity with the cultural milieu he draws his insights from.It is a critique, almost a rant, in the well-worn western tradition of antinomian skepticism, irresponsibly bashing up against the equally irresponsible established order. Since writing, our world has witnessed a convergence of cultural views, and the west should no longer feel trapped in its monolithic navel-gazing, the unfortunate consequences of which are described in this work. It is one of his earlier works though and I have not read further to comment on his more recent views.Perhaps Simulacra & Simulation is a bit gloomy, but never boring - much like the Matrix movie. For someone so critical of modernity and farce, he takes little time to examine the basis of all of the absurd dramas he describes. Baudrillard is evidently enmeshed in his world and his perception of his universe spiraling out of control is based on a presumptuous belief in a definitive 'real' which he never questions, except to say that it has become defiled, and this leads him into a (self-proclaimed) nihilism. Its also bound to make him grumpy. Judging from his portraits, it seemed he was. Baudrillard is a showman. He's not interested in definitions and diagrams. He wants to educate through entertainment, by his flashy use of metaphors which in writing becomes quite overwhelming.I think Baudrillard would have appreciated the indefatigable vitality of Buddhist philosophy and in particular Chogyam Trungpa and his work 'Cutting through Spiritual Materialism':Q: What happens if you give the monkey acid?A: He has already taken it.
I,m a phd student of sociology in Iran. I enjoied a lot studying the book, but since I have nevrer been in Disneyland, I have no notion what does the author mean by the frontier in Disneyland. I'm sure the translator can help me. Please contact with me.
started it but didn't finish it but it was definitely thought provoking.