Secret Pizza, #pizzagate and Hyperreality:
Filmmaker MagazineSecret Pizza, #pizzagate and Hyperreality: How My Film About Alternate Realities Was Swept Into OneFilmmaker MagazineIn The Precession of Simulacra, Jean Baudrillard outlined four steps of reproduction related to hyperreality: (1) basic reflection of reality; (2) perversion of reality; (3) pretense of reality (where there is no model); and (4) simulacrum, which ...
Posted on 17 January 2017 | 11:27 am
Send in the clowns: Donald Trump, Julian
SalonSend in the clowns: Donald Trump, Julian Assange and the enemies of liberal democracySalonThat strain of thought isn't just found among “conservatives,” either; Michel Foucault, Jean Baudrillard and Slavoj Žižek could certainly be called critics of democracy as well. Donald Trump and Julian Assange are no better than weird footnotes to that ...
Posted on 7 January 2017 | 8:43 pm
Desert on Fire: Photo collection documents
People's WorldDesert on Fire: Photo collection documents Kuwait oil disasterPeople's WorldIn his renowned collection of essays, The Gulf War Did Not Take Place, philosopher and cultural theorist Jean Baudrillard points out that the Gulf War was misnamed. It was an atrocity masquerading as a war and the only media coverage we actually saw ...
Posted on 4 January 2017 | 11:55 am
The Snapchat Presidency of Donald Trump -
New York TimesThe Snapchat Presidency of Donald TrumpNew York TimesTo read Trump correctly, it's probably best to dig up old French deconstructionists like Jean Baudrillard, who treated words not as things that have meanings in themselves but as displays in an oppositional power struggle. Trump is not a national ...
Posted on 4 January 2017 | 1:20 am
Visiting Disney World is the Modern Version
Atlas ObscuraVisiting Disney World is the Modern Version of Making a Medieval PilgrimageAtlas ObscuraIn 1989, Parr, with her then-husband Chris Parr, undertook an analysis of Disneyland using the framework of cultural and religious studies, in particular the ideas of Jean Baudrillard, the French critical theorist, and of Mircea Eliade, a theorist of ...
Posted on 30 December 2016 | 6:25 am
The Future Is Here
Ligaya Mishan The Peripheral by William Gibson William Gibson’s new novel, The Peripheral , takes the form of one of the most traditional of science-fiction narratives, an anthropological account of first contact between cultures. In this case, the encounter is not interplanetary but between two different periods of time. The book unfolds in two distinct futures, one approximately a decade or ...
Posted on 21 March 2015 | 8:29 am
The 50 most memorable travel quotes
Jean Baudrillard, Cool Memories II 49. "You go away for a long time and return a different person – you never come all the way back." – Paul Theroux, Dark Star Safari 50. "Travelling through the world produces a marvellous clarity in the judgment of men.
Posted on 20 August 2015 | 5:57 pm
Jonathan Franzen's Postcard from East Africa
But this only changed the terms of the question of why I travel. It didn’t answer it. Consider the French sociologist Jean Baudrillard’s theory of the simulacrum— the idea that consumer capitalism has replaced reality with representations of reality.
Posted on 18 August 2015 | 3:00 am
A Culture Warrior Contemplates Defeat
Vargas Llosa singles out one French thinker in particular, Jean Baudrillard, to expound on the problem. Baudrillard was an old acquaintance of Vargas Llosa’s, a fellow student and Leftist radical at the Sorbonne in the late 1950s and early ‘60s.
Posted on 14 August 2015 | 11:00 pm
A Tale As Old As...Twitter?: A Breakdown Of
Perhaps this kind of breakdown is best left to the scholars, like French philosopher Jean Baudrillard, who expounded upon the result of the metaphorical and actual lost reference point in his seminal treatise "Simulacra and Simulation," which excavates the ...
Posted on 13 August 2015 | 6:00 pm
Jean Baudrillard Jams With Mike Kelley
Everything about this is strange: here is a recording of postmodern philosopher Jean Baudrillard reciting his poetry while a freestyle band backs him up. The members of the group include Mike Kelley, the dearly departed visual artist and founder of Destroy ...
Posted on 14 March 2012 | 3:36 am