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In dealing all the cards to itself, the system forced the Other to change the rules of the game. And the new rules are ferocious, because the game is ferocious. We have seen many world events, and recent years have been filled with any number of violent ones, from wars to genocides. But until September 11 we had had no symbolic event on a world scale that marked a setback ...more
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Published October 17th 2002 by Verso (first published November 3rd 2001)
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Maria Gad
Jan 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
"فالخير لا يقلص الشر, كما أن الشر لا يقلص الخير, انهما فى ان واحد متلازمان كما أن علاقتهما معقدة. و الحق أن الخير لا يمكن أن يهزم الشر الا بكفه عن أن يكون الخير, اذ بامتلاكه وحده الاحتكار العالمى للقوة, يؤدى بفعل ذلك الى ارتداد اللهب بالمستوى ذاته من العنف"
يقدم الكاتب موضوع الارهاب من خلال 4 مقالات:
1-روح الارهاب
2-السلطة الجهنمية
3-قناع الحرب
4-بورنوجرافيا الحرب
حادث تفجير برجى نيويورك 2001 هو النموذج الذى قدم الكاتب من خلاله موضوع الارهاب. تناول الكتاب رمزية الحادث و رمزية ارتكاب الارهاب بشكل عام.
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Mounir
Sep 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
مجموعة المقالات هذه للفيلسوف الفرنسى جان بودريار مثيرة للإهتمام وصادمة فى بعض المواقع ولكنها صريحة كأشد ماتكون الصراحة وشديدة العمق فى تحليلها لجذور الإرهاب وعلاقته الوثيقة بالعولمة وبهيمنة قوة واحدة على العالم كله, حيث يشير إلى أن الإرهاب هو الوجه الآخر للعولمة وأنه ما كان ليظهر إلا فى هذا العصر وكرد فعل للعولمة والهيمنة. قراءة هذه المقالات تحتاج لتركيز شديد وهى صعبة أحيانا بسبب أسلوب المؤلف المركز فى الكتابة واستخدامه للغة خاصة شديدة الثراء وكثيرة الإيحاءات. بودريار معروف بأسلوبه الصعب فى الكت ...more
Jeremy
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In spite of my usual reservations about Baudrillard; the bitchy nihilism, the occasional whiny sense of futility, the smug dismissal of almost any perspective that isn't simply his, etc., I found these essays to be very sharp and still quite relevant to our current situation.

His conception of the relationship between terrorism and global power (i.e. the U.S.) is less dependent on a specific historical or religious or political reading than most leftist considerations, which makes it both suspect
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Ahmed Oraby
جمالية الإرهاب؟
رمزية إسقاط البرجين؟
عنف العولمة؟
Man, you're amazing :D
Adam
There will be some that will write off this book because particular lines in it may sound offensive. But I don't think Baudrillard trivializes 9/11, nor do I think he meant to cause offense. The infamous "they did it, but we wanted it" line ought to be read with care. I don't think he meant that we, or the rest of the world, consciously wanted 9/11; but we were, perhaps, subconsciously grappling with the Fukuyaman notion that nothing great or earth shattering would ever happen again. 9/11, as aw ...more
Heba TariQ
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
قريته فى مكانين
المواصلات , و أثناء سكاشن كلية صيدلة المملة
Jim
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
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عبدالرحمن نعيم
الكتاب جيد فى اسلوبه التحليلى والادبى وإن كانت الترجمة المعقدة تشوهه قليلا
ينطلق الكاتب من أحداث برجى التجارة لتفسير الحدث الإرهاب بشكل عام و يبسط الكاتب نظريته حول الإرهاب فى
نقطتين أساسيتين حسبما رآيت :
- الرمزية فى حرب الارهاب على النظام العالمى حين يعصف بكل قواعد اللعب وقواعد القوة المادية "المحسومة للغرب بطبيعة الحال" ويتجلى هذا فى إنتحار الإرهاب فهو يذهب بالمادية إلى حدها الاقصى بالموت فيفنيها كما يفنى أساس قوة الآخر والآخر هذا نظام يسعى للكمال و صفر فى عداد الموتى ، حتى فى ردود أفعال النظا
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Chris Schaeffer
I liked it, but as it goes on Baudrillard lapses into this almost Hegelian attribution of agency to historical forces and, even more bafflingly, Lacanian progression to BUILDINGS.

I've always felt that Baudrillard, to some extent, wrote in such a way that his books demand to be unpacked as poetry just as much as philosophy in order to be understood, but in this text the wires get crossed and the whole thing becomes a murky, evasive mess of casuistry by the end.

I hate to say it, because usually
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معتز عناني
مع صعوبة أسلوب الكاتب بطريقة غير طبيعية ،، ولكن جان بودريارد نجح في توصيل فكرته

روح الارهاب ،، هي ليست الأصولية الدينية ولكن هي الهيمنة الكاملة للعالم الغربي متمثلاً في أمريكا وفي قوتها الاقتصادية ولذلك عندما ضرب الارهابيون امريكا او العولمة ضربوا رمز امريكا والعالم الاقتصادي -ركز في الاسم - برجي التجارة العالمي !!

ولهذا يوضح الكاتب بأن أي قوة مطلقة تهيمن على العالم بهذه الفجاجة حتى لو كانت الاصولية الدينية ،، حينها سيظهر ارهاب من نوع اخر ليحارب الاصولية الدينية لرمزها كقوة مهيمنة تفرض ثقافتها عل
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Yasmin
Feb 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
يوجد فرق بين العامية والعولمة يتحدث الكاتب عن احداث 11 سبتمبر ويحللها ويعرض مختلف وجهات النظر للارهاب من حيث انه جاء نتيجة اختلاف الثقافات والثورة ضد العولمة والهيمنة او انها جاءت تلك الضربة والتى ادت الى انهياربرجين التجارة العالمية وشموخهما وتحديهما للنظام العالمى او تمثيلهم للقوة والشموخ والهيمنة للولايات المتحدة الامريكية ويذهب الى اعتقاد اخر بأن تلك الضربة جاءت بضربة من المخابرات الامريكية وجاءت بهذا الشكل لتثير استعطاف الناس وانه لتغطية تلك الاحداث اعقبتها امريكا باحتلال العراق وما حدث من ...more
Darwin8u
Apr 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
A very symbolic and literary way of looking at the origins and results of terrorism. I don't think there was much I actually disagreed with in these two essays. However, in his search for an almost poetic/philosophic explanation for terror Jean Baudrillard risks the absurdity of oversimplification for beauty's sake.
Brandon Henke
Images, symbology, and terrorism. Shines a light on the fictionalized dichotomies of "us versus them" and "good versus evil".

3.40/5.0
Ali Ziraoui
لو تسيد المسلمون لانبثق الإرهاب من الغرب ، إذن علينا هدم المتلازمة الشرطية بين الإسلام و الإرهاب
Elizabeth Warton
Highest recommendation!
philosovamp
Baudrillard brings his usual ideas to bear with a journalistic energy on 9/11. There's a few essays here but they're all basically the same. The twin towers committed suicide: that, I say, is a beautiful thing to write.
Jacob
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: political
Buadrillard examines the event of 9/11 through four essays: 1. The Spirit of Terrorism; 2. Requiem for the Twin Towers; 3. Hypothesis of Terrorism; and 4. The Violence of the Global.

The first essay, The Spirit of Terrorism, looks at the mimetic event of 9/11. He sets up the notion of terrorism as the result of the Western Hegemonic Divine going to war against itself. That the terrorist attacks bring about a fourth world war – a true world war of globalization. What scares us about terrorists is
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Eric Adriaans
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read The Spirit Of Terrorism about fifteen years after it had been first published. It is worth reading not from the perspective of finding agreement with the author's thoughts but for the purpose of understanding what he has to say. Sometimes one must find truth not in the particulars of what someone says but in the veracity that they mean what they are saying. It is useful to understand that other people do often think in ways dissimilar to ourselves. It is a book I should real twice...but s ...more
Eric Steere
In a series of essays written after 9/11, Baudrillard sets out a detached and symbolic view of the terrorist attacks and the manifest capacity of neoliberal globalisation to literally destroy itself in its own replication as it encounters the multiplicity of dissent and anti-globalist movements that seek to undermine its offensively hegemonic and imperial character. I would have reacted negatively to the essays herein at the time of publication in the aftermath of the attacks, but the immediacy ...more
Joe
Apr 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was definitely a great book, but though short I found it to be a bit more difficult to comprehend than the other two books I've read from Baudrillard. The final essay in particular seemed a bit muddled to me, as if he had a lot to say but not much time to say it. Of course, that could be attributed to my lack of ability to focus for the last 10 pages or so.
I enjoyed the second essay especially, as I found the analysis of the twin towers architecture to be surprisingly specific, catching me of
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Leilani
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I find Baudrillard somewhat intangible and difficult to comprehend but I love his philosophy writings and what I can't quite grasp with logic I catch with the feelings that the 'rightness' of what he says conjures in me. I'm not sure if that makes much sense, but I experience Baudrillard through emotion more than thought.

This book a short read with a huge amount to say and provokes many thoughts. Reason enough to pick it up and read it, but it's also one of his more easier to understand theorie
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Aung Sett Kyaw Min
while baudrillard fails to adequately qualify some of his goofy and artfully provocative assertions (for instance, the notion that the fundamental rule of domination is "absence of reciprocation" and that terrorism is a blow back to the imperialist west giving the rest of the world a gift which the latter cannot reciprocate), the first essay will at least 'radicalize' your perception of XXI century terrorism. i am not acquainted in any of his earlier work (symbolic exchange and death) so maybe t ...more
Bob Reutenauer
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a philosopher of the postmodern condition it is difficult to pin Baudrillard down to a simple thesis. But these essays, all written soon after 9/11, are rich and tangible enough for a solid nod of agreement from time to time. The symbolic power vs. the material power of this terrorist event is now widely understood.. he saw it right away. The identifiable antagonists in broad conflicts of any consequence- say "America" vs. 'Islamist militants" are the symptoms of the problem. Triumphant globa ...more
míol mór
Jul 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essay, 9-11, france
Il libriccino presenta le tesi che Baudrillard riprender�� successivamente nei tre saggi di Power Inferno, del 2002: http://bit.ly/eAf098
(a onor di cronaca, ho recensito anche quello).

Questo scritto invece compar�� inizialmente su Le Monde il 3 novembre 2001, nemmeno due mesi dopo l'11 settembre: il che spiega forse l'urgenza notata da altri, anche se quello che mi colpisce �� che subito dopo l'attacco, mentre molti si riempivano la bocca di stupidaggini & propaganda (do you remember?), Bau
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No Books
May 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 9-11
Il libriccino presenta le tesi che Baudrillard riprenderà successivamente nei tre saggi di Power Inferno, del 2002: http://bit.ly/eAf098
(a onor di cronaca, ho recensito anche quello).

Questo scritto invece comparì inizialmente su Le Monde il 3 novembre 2001, nemmeno due mesi dopo l'11 settembre: il che spiega forse l'urgenza notata da altri, anche se quello che mi colpisce è che subito dopo l'attacco, mentre molti si riempivano la bocca di stupidaggini & propaganda (do you remember?), Baudri
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Joseph
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
All I can say in favor of this book is that it's actually coherent, however ludicrous its arguments are. Maybe when I have time later in my life I'll actually tackle this on a premise-by-premise basis. Until then, all will note is that Baudrillard has completely missed the fact that terrorists are not just "pure negative force" whose existence is determined and necessitated by Western civilization itself but, as we should know already from HAMAS and ISIS, are more than often simply foot-soldiers ...more
Ethan
Apr 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
got this book for free due to accumulated credit in on-campus bookstore + overstock 60% off sale on a front table. i found it coldbloodedly thought-provoking; baudrillard rids himself (for the most part) of his frilly hyperreality theories and inscrutable turns of simulated phrase to solemnly meditate on the questions of us vs. them and good vs. evil (hint: turns out they're complicated dichotomies) in the age of globalization and terror.
David Rankin
Il s'agit ici d'un article publié en 2002 dans Le Monde que les éditions Galilée ont transformé, en augmentant considérablement la taille des caractères, en petit livre de 46 pages. Étant grand fan de Baudrillard, je me sens mal de donner à ce texte une si basse note, mais il est assez vide côté théorie.
Eric Phetteplace
Jul 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
sometimes offensive and sometimes insightful. a (mis)quote: "the question we are all afraid to ask if it was actually worse to work in the towers than to die in them". ouch. Baudrillard wrote about the towers are symbols of hyperreality long before this happened and expands his analysis here.
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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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