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Carnival and Cannibal, Ventriloquous Evil (French List)

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In Carnival and Cannibal, distinguished French philosopher Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007) reflects on many of his most significant ideas concerning the significance of language and the relationship between the technological and the social.

            In this, one of his final works, Baudrillard identifies two fatal modes in which the world is currently engaged: the carnival and the cannibal, arguing essentially that contemporary society is transfixed by the spectacle of its own cultural creation and self-consumption. Revisiting his most important concepts—such as reversibility, simulation, parody, and symbolic exchange—through the exploration of these two dominant modes, Baudrillard delivers a blistering diagnosis of globalization, as inflicted on the world by the richer nations.

            In the companion essay, “Ventriloquous Evil,” Baudrillard meditates on our present system of global technological and ideological domination which has eradicated human accountability. Baudrillard argues that “this entire electronic, cybernetic revolution is perhaps merely a piece of animal cunning that humanity has found in order to escape itself.”

            A brilliant synthesis of some of Baudrillards most remarkable and influential ideas, Carnival and Cannibal is a timely and formidable exploration of a humanity that has cannibalized the human.

About the Author

Jean Baudrillard's many works include The System of Objects, Simulacra and Simulation, Utopia Deferred, and Why Hasnt Everything Already Disappeared?, the last also published by Seagull Books. Chris Turner is a writer and translator who lives in Birmingham, England.

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Carnival and Cannibal

or the Play of Global Antagonism

Ventriloquous Evil

Translators Notes

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9781906497200
Author:
Baudrillard, Jean
Publisher:
Seagull Books
Translator:
Turner, Chris
Author:
Turner, Chris
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
General-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Seagull Books - The French List
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
92
Dimensions:
7 x 4.25 in

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