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One of modern philosophy’s most controversial and popular figures, this introduction presents Jean Baudrillard's radical thought, including his work on obesity, pornography, and terrorism, and his evolution from critic of mass consumption to prophet of the apocalypse. It also explores the context and subsequent influence of his writings. ...more
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Published July 19th 2011 by Icon Books (first published January 1st 1996)
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Kio Heartworm
Jan 17, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps this book would work better as a refresher for someone already familiar with his writing? Approaching it without too much relevant background, I found most of the information in here hard to make sense out of. So as an introduction it didn't really work. I found the section in this book, Teach Yourself Postmodernism, called "Welcome to Planet Baudrillard" much more useful for getting a basic understanding of his ideas. ...more
Iona
Mar 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Philosophers and sociologists. In cartoon form. Cute.

If I hadn't already previously confronted Barthes, Saussure, Foucault, Freud, Nietzsche, Marx etc during my studies I'd have been completely lost with this text. Thankfully, Jean Baudrillard is rarely a starting point for any French undergrad, so it acted as quite an interesting hour-long refresher course on the theories of each of the above. In fact, it was quite interesting to see how they all interlink to form modern thought.

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David Gross
Takes a muddled and incomprehensible philosopher and makes him more muddled and incomprehensible. I had to just let it wash over me and try to absorb something impressionistically, since the text was so full of expressions that seemed designed not to mean anything in particular. I give it two stars instead of one because I half-suspect that what I'm criticizing about the book may actually be a faithfulness in spirit to its subject. ...more
Kevin K
I'm ambivalent about Baudrillard. Some of his writings I find totally opaque and incomprehensible. Others (like The Illusion of the End) I find to be very clever and prophetic; in fact, The Illusion of the End is one of my favorite books. Like McLuhan (who I also admire), Baudrillard is obsessed with media (and related phenomenon like fashion and hype), and that hits on something central and characteristic of the world we live in. JB may not always be a model of clarity, but he's often barking u ...more
John
Feb 17, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disappointment
It's no fault of the author that I hated this book, it's just that the subject matter is so awful. Baudrillard seems to have built his career on changing the meanings of words, making nonsensical statements, and saying that all things are exactly what they're not. In contrast to Michael Foucault, who tried to understand how society got to be such a mess of misinterpretation, Baudrillard just added to the problem. This book has told me that Baudrillard was not a valuable person to write a book ab ...more
surfurbian
Difficult and often impossible to follow. Perhaps a more comprehensive understanding of the ideas that lead up to and influenced his thiking would be helpful. Say a Introduction to the Introduction?

This aside there were moments when I could actually understand what was being written. Some of the ideas seemed reasonable and but much of his ideas seem so whacked out as to be completely laughable. His interpretation of various phenomena are uninformed and lead to conclusions that are simply wrong.
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David Schwan
Baudrillard is one of two French Philosophers that seem to be better BS artists then thinkers (Derrida being the other). Baudrillard through semantic tricks tries to gin up what looks like a convincing philosophy, unfortunately it is built of mostly smoke and mirrors and seems like a typical rant against the system (although this time unlike Derrida it is dripping with extreme Nihilism). The authors have done an adequate job of discussing his ideas however shallow they are in reality.
Frankie
May 20, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one.
This comic-style book helped me a little with Baudrillard. I don't think it's the best way to teach – drawing silly clip art and slapping clowny characterizations of philosophers' and celebrities' faces on them. It seriously was like reading Mad Magazine, complete with toilet-humor-esque vulgarity. I learned nothing that I won't have to re-learn in a proper format later. ...more
L.
Dec 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
the title is deceiving! it's not an introduction at all. this book might help if you already know dear jean and want to check your understanding of his concepts. otherwise you'll just want to kill yourself. ...more
Katie Bayford
Dec 28, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Baudrillard is muddled enough without this introduction. What should have been a light intro took months to trudge through - whilst the subject's thought is undoubtedly hard to put into layman terms, better guides can be found easily on in youtube essays and blog pages. ...more
Lance Eaton
Chris Horrocks and Zoran Jevtic set out to explain the range and complexity of Baudrillard's works mixed with specs of biography through a mixture of exposition, quotations, and largely, reproduced or augmented images. The book (or graphic novel or mix-media, depending on one’s definition) is ambitious in its attempt to explain Baudrillard solely within his words and direct sentiments or that of other critics while simultaneously playfully mixing in images of and depictions of his discussion and ...more
Keen
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it

“Work, leisure, nature and culture were once separate and produced anxiety and complexity in our real life. Now they’re mixed, massaged, climate controlled and domesticated in the simple activity of perpetual shopping.”

Baudrillard and his work are often controversial and filled with many thought provoking and polarising ideas. This handy little guide does an admirable job of covering most of his better known ideas and theories, touching on mass consumption, structuralism, semiology and symbolic
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Castles
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: philosophy
The first part of the book I did not understand at all, while the second part starting with the theory of simulacrum is better. Not very well written and I’ve found the illustrations pretty vulgar.

While Baudrillard is a very difficult thinker to follow or explain, I hope there are better introductions out there.
Steve
Mar 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had read some of Baudrillard's work years ago, and I read this book, which is a sort of overview of his work, immediately after watching David Harvey's first video-lecture on Marx's Capital. Having the context of Marx fresh in my mind definitely helped me to make sense of this book.

Although the author (Chris Horrocks) poses some generic questions as to how seriously we should take Baudrillard, his exegesis does not include specific interrogations at the points where Baudrillard's own conceptua
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Icon Books
Nov 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Illustrated guide to the controversial sociologist Jean Baudrillard, who died in 2007. Did the Gulf War take place? Is it possible to fake a bank robbery? Was sexual liberation a disaster? Jean Baudrillard has been hailed as one of France's most subtle and powerful theorists. But his provocative style and assaults on sociology, feminism and Marxism have exposed him to accusations of promoting a dangerous new orthodoxy - of being the 'pimp' of postmodernism. Introducing Baudrillard cuts beneath t
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Paracelsus
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terrible book. Needs citations and quotes to let the reader know when we're reading Baudrillard's words or the author's. ...more
Johan
Jun 14, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sociology
I kinda like the illustrations and art in this book, it sort of takes you back to the good old days of early computer graphics. But as for contents, I guess it covers all the basics you'll need about Baudrillard, but for me it was hard to follow. Maybe the short comic book style format isn't the best way to explain this postmodern maverick thinker. ...more
Dafydd
Sep 24, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
The details about Baudrillard's life are informative and help place his works in context, but the rest of the text--those sections dealing with his theories--are more difficult to follow than the most incomprehensible parts of Baudrillard's work itself. This book is an okay introduction to the man, but a lousy introduction to his work. ...more
Matt
Jan 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy
I suppose this is a decent enough starting point but this is some dense conceptual material. I came away scratching my head, which is probably more due to the subject matter than the presentation of it.
Simone
Apr 14, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in philosophy
I've read Baudrillard before and this was a good review of his main ideas. The illustrations were hilarious and appropriate. ...more
Luke
I refuse to rate/review this until I can comprehend half of what Baudrillard was attempting to explain even with this guide.
Barak
Jun 26, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Sociologist who never existed

This was hyper!
meaning?
less.

I would ask Baudrillard!
tomorrow?
yes.

No sign!
of him?
guess.
funkgoddess
as impenetrable now as it was when i tried to understand it at university. pretty pictures though. i'd rate it, but i don't understand it. ...more
Alicia ☕️
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: university
Some facts were quite interesting, but the art is damn terrible.
Martin Raybould
Proves only that simplifying Baudrillard is a thankless task.
Callum Philbin
Sep 25, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I understood 10% of this.
Bernie Gourley
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jean Baudrillard was a French Postmodernist philosopher who passed away in 2007. To those who aren’t navel-gazers of the philosophical variety, he is best known – if he is known at all – for having influenced the conception of the game-changing sci-fi movie, “The Matrix.” While I haven’t yet read “Simulacra and Simulation” – the book said to have inspired the Wachowskis, it seems that the influence of Baudrillard on the film’s world is that he provided abstract ideas that the film takes in a mor ...more
Katarzyna Boo
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am currently teaching Media Studies at high school level and plunged into reading Introducing Graphic Guides in search of appropriate and accessible contextual material for my students. What I found, however, is something completely different. The majority of the guide is not very clear - although unlike the claims of other reviewers, definitely more clear than Baudrillard himself. It nevertheless does a good job in bringing together the range of contemporary issues of interest to the thinker ...more
Jane Pontiñela
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
I've picked this up again (after some months of delusion and boredom midway) in the hopes that I could finally make sense of this "introduction" about Baudrillard and his philosophies.

It just made me confused and tortured reading this; to the point I'd even questioned myself about my sense of understanding and analyses of the matters written in here. God forbid, the visuals didn't even help that much.

I know Baudrillard's a difficult one to take, but really, this book is not for those who are am
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Curtainthief
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-sublime, ic
I felt like I had a good grasp on this right up until the stuff about seduction, then it really lost me. Whenever I get into the dense french pomo stuff I just start thinking of it as a kind of speculative fiction, and that helps my enjoyment. Maybe I'm just daft. ...more
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