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In his analysis of the deep social trends rooted in production, consumption, and the symbolic, Jean Baudrillard touches the very heart of the concerns of the generation currently rebelling against the framework of the consumer society. With the ever-greater mediatization of society, Baudrillard argues that we are witnessing the virtualization of our world, a disappearance of reality itself, and perhaps the impossibility of any exchange at all. This disenchanted perspective has become the rallying point for all those who reject the traditional sociological and philosophical paradigms of our age.
Passwords, in the spirit of Gilles Deleuze’s Abecedaire, offers us twelve accessible and enjoyable entry points into Baudrillard’s thought by way of the concepts he uses throughout his work: the object, seduction, value, impossible exchange, the obscene, the virtual, symbolic exchange, the transparency of evil, the perfect crime, destiny, duality, and thought.
Book News Annotation:
In a dozen essays, the postmodern French philosopher discusses such seminal themes as words and objects as generators, not simply, carriers of ideas; and the vanishing of the real due to new technologies. First published as Mots de passe (Pauvert, 2000)
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This text offers readers 12 entry points into Baudrillard's thought by way of the concepts he uses throughout his oeuvre: the object, seduction, value, impossible exchange, the obscene, the virtual, symbolic exchange, the transparency of evil, the perfect crime, destiny, duality and thought.
In the spirit of Gilles Deleuze’s Abécédaire, Passwordsoffers us twelve entry points into Baudrillard’s thought.
Offers us twelve accessible and enjoyable entry points into Baudrillardâ€™s thought by way of the concepts he uses throughout his work.
About the Author
'\'Jean Baudrillardwas born in Rheims in 1929 and now lives in Paris. He taught sociology at the University of Nanterre and is the author of Simulations and Simulacra, America, The Perfect Crime, The System of Objects, and Fragments, among others.
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