In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities
Published one year after Forget Foucault, In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities (1978) may be the most important sociopolitical manifesto of the twentieth century: it calls for nothing less than the end of both sociology and politics. Disenfranchised revolutionaries (the Red Brigades, the Baader-Meinhof Gang) hoped to reach the masses directly through spectacular actions, but their message merely played into the hands of the media and the state. In a media society meaning has no meaning anymore; communication merely communicates itself. Jean Baudrillard uses this last outburst of ideological terrorism in Europe to showcase the end of the "Social." Once invoked by Marx as the motor of history, the masses no longer have sociological reality. In the electronic media society, all the masses can do—and all they will do—is enjoy the spectacle. In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities takes to its ultimate conclusion the "end of ideologies" experienced in Europe after the Soviet invasion of Hungary and the death of revolutionary illusions after May 1968. Ideological terrorism doesn't represent anything anymore, writes Baudrillard, not even itself. It is just the last hysterical reaction to discredited political illusions.
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Requiem for the Masses
THE IMPLOSION OF MEANING IN THE MEDIA
EVENT AND NONEVENT
absorbed abstraction ambivalence banal Beaubourg become Bourdieu capital catastrophe challenge communication Conspiracy of Art consumption contrary culture death defiance Deleuze desire deterrence dialectic disappeared effect equivalent event everything everywhere exists explosion fascination Felix Guattari Forget Foucault function Gilles Deleuze global Hardt and Negri hyperreal hypothesis ideal implosion inertia Jean Baudrillard labor liberation logic longer manipulation Marcel Mauss mass media masses medium Michel Foucault multitude neutralization never non-event non-representative objective Paolo Virno paradox passivity perspective space Pierre Clastres political economy possible post-Fordism post-Fordist present production radical rational reality refuse representation repression residue resistance response reverse revolution revolutionary Semiotext(e sense sexual signifies signs silent majority simply simulacra simulation Situationists social relation society sphere strategy structure Sylvere Lotringer Symbolic Exchange term terrorism terrorist theory tion Toni Negri trans truth turn universal utopia violence Virno virtual wealth
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Undoing Culture: Globalization, Postmodernism and Identity
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