The ecstasy of communication

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Autonomedia, Jun 1, 1988 - Philosophy - 107 pages
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This book marks an important evolution in Jean Baudrillard's thought as he leaves behind his older and better-known concept of the "simulacrum" and tackles the new problem of digital technology acquiring organicity. The resulting world of cold communication and its indifferent alterity, seduction, metamorphoses, metastases, and transparency requires a new form of response. Writing in the shadow of Marshall McLuhan, Baudrillard insists that the content of communication is completely without meaning: the only thing that is communicated is communication itself. He sees the masses writhing in an orgiastic ecstasy of communications. Baudrillard navigates the Object's maelstrom with the euphoria of the astronaut reentering Earth's atmosphere with no possibility of assistance from Mission Control.

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Review: The Ecstasy of Communication (Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents)

User Review  - Elias Garcia - Goodreads

A succinct summation of Baudrillard's thinking post 1970s, when he transitioned from his more 'optimistic' views to the passive nihilism of paroxysm. In this book Baudrillard discusses his theory of ... Read full review

Review: The Ecstasy of Communication (Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents)

User Review  - Jacob - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this book. Baudrillard's perspective can be taken as extreme, but his points are eye-opening and gave me a lot to think about in the days after. His ideas about technology and its ... Read full review


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