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The Perfect Crime

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In his new book, perhaps the most cogent expression of his mature thought, Jean Baudrillard turns detective in order to investigate a crime which he hopes may yet be solved: the “murder” of reality. To solve the crime would be to unravel the social and technological processes by which reality has quite simply vanished under the deadly glare of media “real time.”

But Baudril
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Published August 17th 1996 by Verso (first published 1995)
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Sorin Hadârcă
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
I think Baudrillard deliberately employs the language of a prophet; chances are that some of his prophecies will come true and others will say – see, he said it before Facebook appeared! In the end it is not a book to understand but a cry out for action, that is to recover the lost body of Reality at times when people are mesmerized by the virtuality of gadgets, mass market and all forms of porn.
Jan 12, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hah! I love it. 80 reviews and only like four that actually attempt to say anything outside of the star rating. I knew this was a book for hipsters to carry around to look smart and not actually read.

Well, I read it and though there were some aspects of the work as cultural theory that I found compelling, the philosophical basis of his argument seemed to me to be self-contradictory. He spends the opening segments of the book claiming that there is no objective reality that can be perceived by t
Aug 21, 2007 rated it liked it
Abundantly clever, like an eye so eager to explore it snaps the nerve anchoring it to the brain. The title comes across nearly noir, "What is the perfect crime?" One hundred fifty and some pages later it turns out the crime isn't perfect but rather that perfection itself is the crime. Our recent efforts to render the world transparent and fair, to banish evil, are presented as victims of their own success.

There are certain contingencies we tend to ignore in life. The ease of murder, the abject s
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable lunacy, a mix of dead-on insight and extremism- the poetry of the sentences is reason alone to read it.
Steven Felicelli
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
can never tell if it's arch hyperbole or an authentic Weltanschauung - either way, Baudrillard is HYSTERICAL (in every sense of the word) - never fails to get under my skin
Zeynep K
arthur clarke'ın, tanrının 9 milyar adı üzerine yazdığı öykünün izleğini de tam olarak bu oluşturur. tibetli bir keşiş topluluğu, kendini, yüzyıllardan bu yana tanrının 9 milyar adını yazmaya adamıştır; bunun sonunda dünya tamamlanacak ve son bulacaktır. usanç verici bir çabadır bu ve yorgun düşen keşişler IBM teknisyenlerine başvururlar; onların bilgisayarları bu işlemi birkaç ayda tamamlar. bir bakıma, sanal bir işlemle dünya gerçek zamanda sona erer. ne yazık ki bu, dünyanın gerçek zamanda yo ...more
Davin Hall
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's pretty easy to criticize this book. It's dense, confusing, alarmist, and potentially meaningless. I can't defend the writing style, and I can't claim to have correctly understood a word of it. This book is difficult for me to review, because I struggled so much to piece together the arguments and the concepts. There are sections that were clear as a bell, but this was definitely not always the case.

I'm also at a disadvantage, because I'm not a student of philosophy. I think that a strong b
Nov 27, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In contrast (I guess) to the other reviewers, I took Baudrillard's central point in the first two-thirds of the book to be that the post-enlightenment urge to rationally analyse, unify and systematise the world - and the technocratic, information-driven contemporary culture which represents the culmination of this process - necessarily obscures rather than clarifies reality, because reality is not inherently rational or ordered; and that we must therefore fight to reassociate mystery, chance, an ...more
Ernesto Priani saiso
Baudrillard nunca me ha resultado fácil de digerir, el libro es interesante por su hipótesis general (la realidad está desapareciendo) y lo que significa como reacción al 11 de septiembre y a la emergencia de,Internet y la realidad virtual. Reactivo, más que propositivo, tiene una visión negativa y moralizante del fenómeno de la virtualidad. Pese a todo es un documento valioso, con algunas ideas sugerentes.
Rui Coelho
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you like Baudrillard, this book is a good addendum to Simulacra and Simulation. If you haven't made your mind about him yet, I would recommend you start with is best works The Consumer Society and the aforementioned Simulacra
Maite Iracheta
Feb 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Baudrillard's ideas on Virtual vs. Real, basically. I was stunned all along its pages for all the death he announces: death of the face, body, seduction, illusion, death of the world, the reality as we know it (or knew it?), and death of the otherness. Quite disturbing, and yet highly enjoyable.
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le crime parfait est un crime où il n’y pas des traces. Et dans ce livre, on parle du délit du Réel. En effet, il n’y plus d’opposition entre le Virtuel et le Réel : on vit toujours dans la High Definition, le Virtuel qui est plus réel que le réel, dans le but d’éliminer chaque sorte de différence, de dualisme.
La machine, surtout l’ordinateur, est devenue non seulement un outil pour faciliter nos vies, mais aussi – et surtout – une façon de réfléchir, une façon de structurer nos habilités et no
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Traversing science, media, culture, sexuality and war, Jean Baudrillard takes us on a dizzying journey through the post-modern. Baudrillard analyses the disappearance of reality (or rather realities) into the abyss of facts and scientific categories. But simultaneously with the complete disintegration of objects into the individual parts, this multitude transforms into singularity. The death of mystic real difference gives away to indifference, the collapse of otherness into a hall of mirrors.

Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
"The perfect crime would be the elimination of the real world." Has Baudrillard ever been more prescient or relevant to 2017?
Mar 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
So where to begin? Like seemingly any social/philosophical text from after the early 60's this one has an issue with burying some really thought-provoking statements in a bank vault of abstruse language. If it isn't ironic that this is a book about the irreality of what we call reality. This is an attempt at a philosophy of quantum perceptions. The dismaying trend to assume that there is nothing within aren't looking hard enough. That's their disinterest showing--why bother? So one can appear in ...more
Jan 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lance
One of my favorite Baudrillard books! Enjoyable to read yet smart and sharp. Excellent criticism of pornography (I used it a lot in my thesis). And the book has jokes! Fine work.

What is the perfect crime? The murder of reality and it's replacement by hyperreality, perfect because we care not, know not about it. The reality that we are now thrown into is a better lie, a thrilling experience of lack. A void with glitter and neon that claims the truth and not just the truth, the final, end all big
I can't decide whether this is perfect bollocks or brilliance too abstruse for me to decipher. Olen väikese aruga karu ja ei saa raamatust aru. Või ongi sellest võimatu aru saada? Kohati on tunne, et kodanik ei saa endastki aru. Igatahes ei usu ma, et kõik need, kes raamatut kiidavad, sellest tegelikult sõnagi ka mõikavad. Kolm tärni vingelt dešifreerimatu teksti tootmise oskuse eest.
Louis Cheng
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lyrical, audacious, and at times penetrating and even prophetic commentary and critique on our modern (and post-modern) condition. And, in the end, a powerful call for thinking -- forceful thinking, radical thinking, dangerous thinking. A very enjoyable read.
Denton Peter McCabe
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dirty-way
This is Baudrillard at his most pessimistic and most poetic. Read it as a form of poetry and it makes much more sense, if one reads it as a form of theory. . .well. . .you deserve to be confused.
Bryce Wilson
May 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
See Simulacrum. Or see this as the Signifier for the Signified Simulacrum.
Oct 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
For new comers to Baudrillard's philosophy, this is the book I'd recommend. Many may remember Baudrillard as the philosophy behind the matrix, and a large portion of this book plays into that.
Remi Watts
May 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those who are beyond
An intense, dense, and powerful whirlwind of thought.
Apr 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
don't bother giving it a close, sentence-by-sentence reading; it will not reward you. It's points are simple, baseless, hyperbolic. a flippant thinker.
Feb 21, 2008 rated it did not like it
This is what happens when someone becomes too famous...
Feb 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: luddites
You know that song by The Doors "The End?" ("The scream of the butterfly") Here's a smarter scream.
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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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“It is the simulacrum which ensures the continuity of the real today, the simulacrum which now conceals not the truth, but the fact that there isn’t any—that is to say, the continuity of the nothing... Well, that is paradise: we are beyond the Last Judgment, in immortality. The only problem is to survive there. For there the irony, the challenging, the anticipation, the maleficence come to an end, as inexorably as hope dies at the gates of hell. And it is indeed there that hell begins, the hell of the unconditional realization of all ideas, the hell of the real.” 7 likes
“Virtuality is different from the spectacle, which still left room for a critical consciousness and demystification. The abstraction of the 'spectacle' was never irrevocable, even for the Situationists. Whereas unconditional realization is irrevocable, since we are no longer either alienated or dispossessed: we are in possession of all the information. We are no longer spectators, but actors in the performance, and actors increasingly integrated into the course of that performance. Whereas we could face up to the unreality of the world as spectacle, we are defenceless before the extreme reality of this world, before this virtual perfection. We are, in fact, beyond all disalienation. This is the new form of terror, by comparison with which the horrors of alienation were very small beer.” 5 likes
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