Friday, March 09, 2007


Jean Baudrillard is dead.

"Deep down, no one really believes they have a right to live. But this death sentence generally stays tucked away, hidden beneath the difficulty of living. If that difficulty is removed from time to time, death is suddenly there, unintelligibly."

Baudrillard predicted the first Gulf war, in 1991, would not take place. During the war, he said it was not really taking place. After it finished, he announced, implacably, that it had not taken place.

His point was the Gulf war was a simulation, a media spectacle, rehearsed an played out like a video game, its "reality" overridden by the electronic metanarrative. Welcome to the desert of the real. Baudrillard was an original thinker who avoided labels, although some saw him as a 'pataphysician.

"It is the task of radical thought, since the world is given to us in unintelligibility, to make it more unintelligible, more enigmatic, more fabulous."

Jacques Derrida is gone.
Jean Baudrillard is gone.
Which unintelligible and fabulous thinker will be next?

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