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The System of Objects

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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 critique of the commodity in consumer society. Baudrillard classif
Paperback, Verso Radical Thinkers, 224 pages
Published January 17th 2006 by Verso (first published 1968)
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Feb 05, 2011 Elizabeth rated it liked it
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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
Nov 15, 2012 Tom rated it liked it
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 Now our possessions are disposable, and their functionality has been replaced by desire--for status, for the illusion of projecting our individuality (mass-produced objects!)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
Syd Amir
Jul 30, 2015 Syd Amir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
در این کتاب به زندگی اشیا پرداخته شده گاهی تحلیل های روانکاوانه گاهی جامعه شناختی و البته بحث های فنی - فصل سوکارکرد ها ربات ها و گجت ها برام جالب بود من این کتاب رو در ادامه و در پیوند چند کتاب دیگری مطالعه کردم که در باره ی تکنولوژی بود:
- ماهیت تکنولوژی و هنر تکنولوژیک - مددپور
- مارکس و تکنولوژی - قانع بصیری
توی این کتاب در مورد سه نسل سیستم های تکنولوژیک صحبت های جالبی پیدا میشه
- پرسش از هیدگر تکنولوژی چیست - قانع بصیری
Aug 01, 2007 Mike rated it really liked it
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.
Alejandro Ortiz
Sep 13, 2012 Alejandro Ortiz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: filosof-a, sociolog-a
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
Brooks Brown
Feb 28, 2010 Brooks Brown rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 11, 2010 Spoust1 rated it really liked it
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
Дмитрий Кравченко
really good early writings. Good analysis of modern staff surrounding us now.
Jun 28, 2008 Ingrid rated it liked it
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."
Jul 15, 2007 mahatma rated it liked it
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.
Sep 16, 2010 Mike rated it really liked it
"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
Seth King
Mar 30, 2016 Seth King rated it it was ok
He's a fine writer, and an important one. But I'll say what I'm not supposed to say on an app for bookworms: just watch 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her instead.
Trying to build a phenomenology of the inanimate world creates crossed-eyes.
Oct 12, 2014 Myles rated it liked it
3.2/5.0 Minor Baudrillard. Stick to the simulacra, you dense French bastard.
Cesar Armenta
Oct 23, 2013 Cesar Armenta rated it it was amazing
My favorite Baudrillards book, opened my eyes to another world.
May 27, 2007 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really need to read this again to understand it all.
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excellent. re-reading this one currently.
Nov 06, 2007 Simon rated it it was ok
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.

Jean Baudrillard was also a Professor of Philosophy of Culture and Media Criticism at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, where he taught an Intensive Summer S
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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. ” 4 likes
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