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Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007) was a controversial social and cultural theorist known for his trenchant analyses of media and technological communication. Belonging to the generation of French thinkers that included Gilles Deleuze, Jean-Fran?ois Lyotard, Michel Foucault, and Jacques Lacan, Baudrillard has at times been vilified by his detractors, but the influence of his wor ...more
Paperback, 226 pages
Published March 4th 2008 by Columbia University Press (first published January 15th 2008)
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I'm a casual philosophical reader and found this introductory text to Baudrillard to be fairly accessible. Baudrillard was rightly criticized for taking his arguments to the extreme but his ideas are insightful and provocative. He believed that modern networked society had dispensed with culture and replaced with it with a simulated copy of itself and what we are witnessing is the death of reality. If you wake in the morning and feel that you've fallen into the rabbit hole, The Baudrillard Reade ...more
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Steve Redhead is Professor of Cultural Studies in the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law at Flinders University,Adelaide, South Australia.
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