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Or Jean Baudrillard still turning out his lugubrious evocations of contemporary collapse, implosion and the passing of all that was. The Transparency of Evil offers the familiar melodies of loss and delusion, but with new notes and a new bleak terminus, sung in a voice more isolated and haunted by itself than any to be found in his celebrated — and, by comparison, upbeat — journeyings into obscenity, seduction, fatality and ecstasy.

Though history is finished and the future is mere repetition, Baudrillard is pretty sure things once did happen and have consequences: , for example. The orgy in question was the moment of liberation in every sphere. Things disappear through proliferation, contamination, extenuation or simulation.

We now have four stages of value. First, use-value: value has a natural referent; second, exchange-value: value has a commodity aspect; third, sign-value: value develops via a code.

The fourth is new. Instead, virulence: an epidemic or general metastasis of value, a haphazard and senseless proliferation of stimulations, in which what was once aesthetic, economic, sexual, scientific or any other kind of value disappears in a melancholy, empty, perpetual imitation of itself.

This is a difficult, heartless, not to say incoherent project. In this curiously skewed form of Girardian mimesis, the loss of self is all there is and all, Baudrillard insists, there ought to be. What to do after the orgy? Recognize that emancipation, by requiring the complete internalization of control, is merely a new imprisonment parading as freedom.

Ultimately, Baudrillard assures us, all that remains of otherness is the Object. The tragedy. The tragedy draws to an end, the curtain is ready to come down. Is the tragedy before us new or not?

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The Transparency of Evil : Essays on Extreme Phenomena

Or Jean Baudrillard still turning out his lugubrious evocations of contemporary collapse, implosion and the passing of all that was. The Transparency of Evil offers the familiar melodies of loss and delusion, but with new notes and a new bleak terminus, sung in a voice more isolated and haunted by itself than any to be found in his celebrated — and, by comparison, upbeat — journeyings into obscenity, seduction, fatality and ecstasy. Though history is finished and the future is mere repetition, Baudrillard is pretty sure things once did happen and have consequences: , for example. The orgy in question was the moment of liberation in every sphere. Things disappear through proliferation, contamination, extenuation or simulation. We now have four stages of value.

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A n extremely pleasant surprise: a new imprint from Verso called Radical Thinkers, and a pile of white-covered paperbacks by the likes of Theodor Adorno, Fredric Jameson, Guy Debord and Walter Benjamin. I pick on the Baudrillard because, quite simply, it is the most fun. Originally appearing in French in , it has been reprinted by Verso quite a few times, so while new to me, it is hardly new - but the nature of Baudrillard's thought is such that it will always have a fresh savour to it, as well as that period savour that comes off when he writes, as he does here, of La Cicciolina or Michael Jackson. This is Jackson before the child abuse allegations; but these accusations would have come as no surprise to Baudrillard, and are not in the slightest way inconsistent with what he has written in this book. And you suspect the subsequent mass public mawkishness regarding his death cf Jade Goody would have been observed by him with a rueful shrug and the words, "I told you so". So while it is almost 20 years old, this is still a very useful handbook for understanding modernity, and skewering the ghastliness of contemporary western culture, the banal or vicious circulations of fame, fashion, drugs, terrorism, religious fanaticism or the pathetic denials of politically correct locution: "Do we now ever describe a mad person as 'mad'?

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