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From medium to medium, the real is volatilized, becoming an allegory of death. But it is also, in a sense, reinforced through its own destruction. It becomes reality for its own sake, the fetishism of the lost object: no longer the object of representation, but the ecstasy of denial and of its own ritual extermination: the hyperreal.
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Very difficult to understand unless you have sone background in related topic. Good book. This is a collection of ish essays that share as a theme the idea that we live not so much in a world of events, information, and things, but in a world of simulacra in which those things represent or symbolize something either the true version of that object or something else altogether. After an opening that introduces the idea of simulacra and simulations, the chapters each look at an example of illusion and simulation in our world.
This is not to say that said ideas are all sound or unassailably true. A reasonable reader might conclude that much of the book consists of crackpot ideas.
I tended to find that there was a kernel of truth in the points that Baudrillard was making, but that he often blew that kernel up into an absurdity. One is the Holocaust and the other is the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island. In my view, his point was more clearly made regarding the Three Mile Island nuclear plant accident.
Most people grossly overestimate the costs and consequences of the event because they have a fictional representation of it in place of a factual understanding.
Besides events, Baudrillard considers a number of other ways we might be considered to be living in a representational world. It exists to provide some hyperreal experience that is as much entertainment as it is the acquisition of necessary goods and services.
Journalism benefits from sensationalizing. Advertising benefits from hyperbolizing. Baudrillard also ventures into the realm of science fiction. One of the most intriguing discussions is about holographs and how one might know whether one was the item being projected or the projection itself.
So, what is its weakness? Low readability. There is a love of rare words. There have probably been more readable distillations of these ideas that will offer a clearer view of what Baudrillard means by ideas such as hyperreality. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. A dense work, sometimes impenetrable and fails to define its terms such that anyone without a background in Baudrillard's work would struggle to keep apace. These criticisms aside, this is a perspective-altering work of far reaching insight, I find myself taken aback by how prescient it is despite its age and how much it appears to presage a lot of current events.
There is something of value on every single page, although some pages may require a little more work and interpretation than others. Don't be afraid to re-read sections, you won't regret it. Appalling literary swamp and a sterling example of what can occur when you take life too seriously. Frankly, if this is your thing then you really need to get out more. Good to keep the brain cells from falling out ya nose. Amazing book a must-read!!!
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Sociology is experiencing what can only be described as hyperdifferentiation of theories - there are now many approaches competing for attention in the intellectual arena. From this perspective, we should see a weeding out of theories to a small number, but this is not likely to occur because each of the many theoretical perspectives has a resource base of adherents. As a result, theories in sociology do not compete head on with each other as much as they coexist. This seminal reference work was brought together with an eye to capturing the diversity of theoretical activity in sociology - specifically the forefront of theory. Contributors describe what they themselves are doing right now rather than what others have done in the past. The goal of this volume is to allow prominent theorists working in a variety of traditions - who wouldn't usually come together - to review their work. The chapters in this volume represent a mix of theoretical orientations and strategies, but these these theories are diverse and represent the prominent theoretical discussions in sociology today.
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