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Simulacra and Simulation by Jean Baudrillard
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May 04, 2011

really liked it

Totally, completely rad. I can just see people smoking bongs not getting this completely, but postmodernism IS the dominant episteme in the West... according to Chela Sandoval however, Jameson was right that Postmodernism is complicit with various colonial ideologies, and we must we wary of it in 2011... but, Baudrillard wrote this in 1981 (yea, that's the year I was born! How cool to be born when such a rad thinker like Baudrillard was doing his best stuff!) anyway - sort of think that postmodernism was/is hip and relevant...sort of also think it fizzled out in the '80s amidst various theory circles in academia - however, it IS in my opinion THE dominant epistemology among the unwashed masses and misinformed proles (sort of always crops up into most of my philosophy classes unconsciously amonst my students..)... in fact, funny story, one of my students was sooo incredibly aware of the fact that everything was an illusion (except his greedy ego of course) that he nearly threatened to kill me once I posited - if you are an illusion, try jumping off a bridge to prove your life is not real... he succinctly told me to 'suck his c-ck' and then immediately dropped my class (after he gave me a death threat)... all I can say is Baudrillard you fucking amazing twat! Your influence has infected the unwashed masses even in a providential back water redneck area like rural Binghamton NY (where this student made his abode)

Wish I could write a book that could change the world, or tap into the zeitgeist... best line of the book, "I am a nihilist. I observe, I accept, I assume the immense process of the destruction of appearances.." first line alone is worth the price of admission - The simulacrum is never what hides the truth - it is the truth that hides the fact that there is none...the simulacrum is true" - from f-cking Ecclesiastes (are you kidding me? that quote was plucked by Baudrillard from the f-ing BIBLE? and not just the Bible, but the freaking Torah... Jews think this far into postmodernism as well? Rad, its not just new, its olde tyme as well... great great stuff. My idols - Lyotard, D&G, Baudrillard, Derrida, Foucault, Butler, Kristeva (of the '60s, not when she became a Christian and shit), but these chaps really left the world a better, more mad place.
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Mike Liked this review so much I had to say "nice review" in the comments!

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