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 (Foreign Agents)

User Review  - Josephine Ensign - Goodreads

Thankfully this was a very small book (100 pages), because it is very dense in the peculiar way of French philosophers. Interesting in places, but as it has to do with a critique of digital technologies/communication, it feels quite dated. Read full review

Review: The Ecstasy of Communication (Foreign Agents)

User Review  - Rich Hancuff - Goodreads

The first three chapters of this very short book are the strongest. As always, Baudrillard throws a few assertions out there meant more to provoke than convince, but some provocations are solid gems. Read full review


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