Linked with This is the Fourth World War. Read also Definitions: The Intelligentsia.
Jean Baudrillard (July 29, 1929 – March 6, 2007) … was a French cultural theorist, sociologist, philosopher, political commentator, and photographer. His work is frequently associated with postmodernism and post-structuralism … (full text).
More on wikipedia:
French theorist Jean Baudrillard (1929–2007) was one of the foremost intellectual figures of the present age whose work combines philosophy, social theory, and an idiosyncratic cultural metaphysics that reflects on key events of phenomena of the epoch. A sharp critic of contemporary society, culture, and thought, Baudrillard is often seen as a major guru of French postmodern theory, although he can also be read as a thinker who combines social theory and philosophy in original and provocative ways and a writer who has developed his own style and forms of writing … (full text, April 22, 2005, Stanford Encl. of Philosophy).
He said: … “There are really only two interesting moments in history: the Big Bang and the Apocalypse” (citation used by Andy Martin as a comment about CERN) … (full text, 10 Sep 2008).
Jean Baudrillard – France (1929 – 2007)
His video in french/en français (one of many): Jean Baudrillard, French Super-philosopher Who Inspired Matrix, 12 min.
A moment of Baudrillardian irony appeared in the NY Times this morning. Jean Baudrillard is the French philosopher-critic whose concepts of the Hyperreal and Simulacra landed him many frequent flier miles during the late 1980s and 1990s. Mistaken for a post-modernist, he’s actually more of a nostalgic and perhaps melancholic modernist, I think. His passage on the hyperreal was summarized in The Matrix by Morpheus in the oft-sampled: “Welcome to the Desert of the Real” … (full text, Oct. 21, 2005).
… It also summarizes the way modern warfare has become central to the media overload that French media philosopher Jean Baudrillard (a Brown favourite) calls the “whole pornography of information and communication” … (full text, Sept. 18, 2008).
hannah arendt and jean baudrillard: pedagogy in the consumer society, by Trevor Norris, 2004.
… These children of Jean Baudrillard dare you to deny their ball-busting bounce, ear-bleed volume, and bloodless hooks, sans even the cartoon/anime-cool, featureless, anti-human “faces” of Daft Punk, or the too-cool-for-school ‘tude of, say, Death From Above 1979. As with their recently banned video for “Stress,” Justice are tinkering with pop violence, devoid of true gore, a.k.a. passion … (full text, Sept. 17, 2008).
… Wow. This means that a Turkish professor in a university who sympathizes with, say, Jean Baudrillard rather than Auguste Comte might find himself to be on the “traitor” side. And if he travels to somewhere to join a conference sponsored by some “global power,” his “treason” will be confirmed. Similarly, media pundits who toy with postmodern ideas could also be on the black list of the military … (full text, Sept 6, 2008).
… “Smile and others will smile back,” Jean Baudrillard thinks. “Smile to show how transparent, how candid you are. Smile if you have nothing to say. Most of all, do not hide the fact you have nothing to say or your total indifference to others. Let this emptiness, this profound indifference shine out spontaneously in your smile” … (full text, Sept. 6, 2008).
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