Synopses & Reviews
Baudrillard sees the power of the terrorists as lying in the symbolism of slaughter - not merely the reality of death, but in a sacrifice that challenges the whole system. Where previously the old revolutionary sought to conduct a struggle between real forces in the context of ideology and politics, the new terrorist mounts a powerful symbolic challenge which, when combined with high-tech resources, constitutes an unprecedented assault on an over-sophisticated and vulnerable West. This new edition is up-dated with the essays 'Hypotheses on Terrorism' and 'Violence of the Global'.
Baudrillard sees the power of terrorists as lying in the symbolism of slaughter - not merely the reality of death, but a sacrificial death that challenges the whole system. This revised edition is updated with the essays "Hypotheses on Terrorism" and "Violence of the Global".
Until September 11 we had had no symbolic event on a world scale that marked a setback for globalization itself.
About the Author
Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007) began teaching sociology at the Université de Paris-X in 1966. He retired from academia in 1987 to write books and travel until his death in 2007. His many works include Simulations and Simulacra, America, The Perfect Crime, The System of Objects, Passwords, The Transparency of Evil, The Spirit of Terrorism, and Fragments, among others.