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A cultural critique of the commodity in consumer society, The System of Objects is a tour de force � a theoretical letter-in-a-bottle tossed into the ocean in 1968, which brilliantly communicates to us all the live ideas of the day.

Pressing Freudian and Saussurean categories into the service of a basically Marxist perspective, The System of Objects offers a cultural cri

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Paperback, Verso Radical Thinkers, 224 pages
Published January 17th 2006 by Verso (first published 1968)
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Elizabeth
Oh Baudrillard, I wish that your intuition and insight could have been less psychoanalytically and unilaterally charged in its nature. I say this, of course, because The System of Objects is brilliant in many ways. Baudrillard had a way with observation and a keen ability to take singular examples and make them speak for larger phenomena that were but some signs of his brilliance. Nonetheless, his constant desire to close down readings of things in order to inscribe a singular meaning onto behav ...more
Tom
Baudrillard takes moments of insight and stretches them into a totalizing, suffocating system that attempts to explain far too much than his simple thesis can bear: possessions once meant more to us than they do now because once upon a time they were made by us to last for generation after generation. Now our possessions are disposable, and their functionality has been replaced by desire--for status, for the illusion of projecting our individuality (mass-produced objects!) in an industrial age t ...more
Mike
Written back in ’68, this is some early Jean Baudrillard. The writing is more serious than his later stuff, and the focus—like much of his writing early on—is on consumer culture.
Brooks Brown
Feb 28, 2010 Brooks Brown rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Fight Club's philosophy, Marxists looking for something new
It's fun to read a book which Tyler Durden would call 'inspirtional'

Baudrillard has quite the following, specially amongst those who preach post-modernist thought or post-Marxist thought, at least. A promising beginning, The System of Objects is a reasonably dry read which delves into exactly what purpose 'objects' themselves serve and represent within our lives, and how this has changed over the course of centuries.

Early on, this is explained to us in a very digestible manner - interior design.
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ژان بودریار / نظام اشیا / تهران: ثالث، چاپِ اول 1393ش
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«ژان بودریار»، هر شیء را یک نشانه می‌داند. البته نشانه‌ای که کاربردِ آن، نقش و مفهوم آن‌را تعیین نمی‌کند، بل‌که در کنارِ نشانه‌های دیگر، از نظام‌مندی منسجمی پیروی می‌کند. نظام‌مندی‌ای که به‌کارِ منزلت و «پرستیژِ» ما انسان‌ها می‌آید، تا با استفاده از آن، نیازهای روانیِ مختلف‌مان را سامان داده و دردِ عقده‌های نهفته در آن‌را تسکین دهیم.

درواقع او «اشیا» را
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Alejandro Ortiz
Una relectura rápida, buscando puntos claves respecto del objeto marginal en el sistema (fundamentalmente arte, pero entendido simplemente como una cosa que aparentemente no tiene función). La primera vez lo leí hace unos 7 años.

Cuando murió Baudrillard realmente me sentí apenado. Pocas veces me siento así cuando se mueren los autores, porque creo que desde hace mucho ya estaban muertos. Por lo menos en cuanto a lo que producían. Baudrillard siempre me pareció brillante, vivo y rebelde. A veces
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Spoust1
It has been several months since I read this, so I am a little hazy.

In "System of Objects," Baudrillard illustrates how the modern experience is shaped, utterly, by the commodity form; how the privilege afforded the subject today is the right to disappear in the captain's seat of a ship that is totally automatic. "System of Objects" seems to me best read as an update of Lukacs' essay on reification. Of course, it takes the form of witty observations on interior design and advertising; the impli
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Дмитрий Кравченко
really good early writings. Good analysis of modern staff surrounding us now.
Ingrid
I'm interested in design not from a commercial but a conceptual standpoint and this book has made me consider the many consequences that "functional" objects have in our daily lives. It is pretty dense at times but so comprehensive. I was especially interested in the section on "atmosphere."
mahatma
saya baca ini karena tertarik diskursus mengenai 'benda-benda' yang berkembang di antara para disainer. arsitektur menarik juga dilihat dari perspektif ini, kerana produksi arsitektur kan juga tunduk pada dinamika produksi benda-benda, tidak hanya karena kehendak atau gairah estetik arsiteknya.
Mike
"Ideas are to objects as constellations are to stars." - Walter Benjamin

“With the mass of objects grows the alien powers to which man is subjected, and each new product is a new potentiality of mutual fraud and mutual pillage.” – Karl Marx
Myles
3.2/5.0 Minor Baudrillard. Stick to the simulacra, you dense French bastard.
Cesar Armenta
My favorite Baudrillards book, opened my eyes to another world.
David
I really need to read this again to understand it all.
Gregory Sogorka
excellent. re-reading this one currently.
Simon
Sometimes academically dull, sometimes exciting.
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Jean Baudrillard (27 July 1929 – 6 March 2007) was a French sociologist, philosopher, cultural theorist, political commentator, and photographer. His work is frequently associated with postmodernism and post-structuralism.

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“The whole gestural system of work was also obscene, in sharp contrast to the miniaturized and abstract gestural system of control to which it has now been reduced. The world of the objects of old seems like a theatre of cruelty and instinctual drives in comparison with the formal neutrality and prophylactic 'whiteness' of our perfect functional objects. Thus the handle of the flatiron gradually diminishes as it undergoes 'contouring' - the term is typical in its superficiality and abstractness; increasingly it suggests the very absence of gesture, and carried to its logical extreme this handle will no longer be manual - merely manipulable. At that point, the perfecting of the form will have relegated man to a pure contemplation of his power. ” 3 likes
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