Jean Baudrillard

Jean Baudrillard
Jean Baudrillard
  • Born: July 27, 1929
  • Died: March 6, 2007
  • Nationality: French
  • Profession: Sociologist

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Jean Baudrillard was a French sociologist, philosopher, cultural theorist, political commentator, and photographer. He is best known for his analyses of media, contemporary culture, and technological communication, as well as his formulation of concepts such as simulation and hyperreality. He wrote about diverse subjects, including consumerism, gender relations, economics, social history, art, Western foreign policy, and popular culture. Among his best known works are Simulacra and Simulation (1981), America (1986), and The Gulf War Did Not Take Place (1991). His work is frequently associated with postmodernism and specifically post-structuralism.

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As for freedom, it will soon cease to exist in any shape or form. Living will depend upon absolute obedience to a strict set of arrangements, which it will no longer be possible to transgress. The air traveler is not free. In the future, life’s passengers will be even less so: they will travel through their lives fastened to their corporate seats. Freedom & Liberty
Governing today means giving acceptable signs of credibility. It is like advertising and it is the same effect that is achieved—commitment to a scenario. Public Relations & Image
How we have dreamt of this event [September 11, 2001], how all the world without exception dreamt of this event, for no one can avoid dreaming of the destruction of a power that has become hegemonic …. It is they who acted but we who wanted the deed. Terrorism
The end of history is, alas, also the end of the dustbins of history. There are no longer any dustbins for disposing of old ideologies, old regimes, old values. Where are we going to throw Marxism, which actually invented the dustbins of history? … Conclusion: if there are no more dustbins of history, this is because History itself has become a dustbin. History
This is not a clash of civilizations or religions, and it reaches far beyond Islam and America, on which efforts are being made to focus the conflict in order to create the delusion of a visible confrontation and a solution based upon force. There is indeed a fundamental antagonism here, but one that points past the specter of America (which is perhaps the epicenter, but in no sense the sole embodiment, of globalization) and the specter of Islam (which is not the embodiment of terrorism either) to triumphant globalization battling against itself. Religion & God
Today's terrorism is not the product of a traditional history of anarchism, nihilism, or fanaticism. It is instead the contemporary partner of globalization. Terrorism
A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
Americans may have no identity, but they do have wonderful teeth.
At male strip shows, it is still the women that we watch, the audience of women and their eager faces. They are more obscene than if they were dancing naked themselves. Women
Cowardice and courage are never without a measure of affectation. Nor is love. Feelings are never true. They play with their mirrors. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
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. Time ;Death
Deep down, the US, with its space, its technological refinement, its bluff good conscience, even in those spaces which it opens up for simulation, is the only remaining primitive society. Society
Driving is a spectacular form of amnesia. Everything is to be discovered, everything to be obliterated.
Governing today means giving acceptable signs of credibility. It is like advertising and it is the same effect that is achieved - commitment to a scenario.
I hesitate to deposit money in a bank. I am afraid I shall never dare to take it out again. When you go to confession and entrust your sins to the safe-keeping of the priest, do you ever come back for them? Money, Coins & Minting
If you say, I love you, then you have already fallen in love with language, which is already a form of break up and infidelity. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
In the same way that we need statesmen to spare us the abjection of exercising power, we need scholars to spare us the abjection of learning. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Power
It is always the same: once you are liberated, you are forced to ask who you are.
It only takes a politician believing in what he says for the others to stop believing him.
Like dreams, statistics are a form of wish fulfillment.
Never resist a sentence you like, in which language takes its own pleasure and in which, after having abused it for so long, you are stupefied by its innocence.
Perhaps the world's second worst crime is boredom. The first is being a bore.
Santa Barbara is a paradise; Disneyland is a paradise; the U.S. is a paradise. Paradise is just paradise. Mournful, monotonous, and superficial though it may be, it is paradise. There is no other.
Seduction is always more singular and sublime than sex and it commands the higher price.
Television knows no night. It is perpetual day. TV embodies our fear of the dark, of night, of the other side of things.
The abjection of our political situation is the only true challenge today. Only facing up to this situation in all its desperation can help us get out of it.
The great person is ahead of their time, the smart make something out of it, and the blockhead, sets themselves against it. Time
The order of the world is always right - such is the judgment of God. For God has departed, but he has left his judgment behind, the way the Cheshire Cat left his grin. Religion & God
The sad thing about artificial intelligence is that it lacks artifice and therefore intelligence.
The very definition of the real becomes: that of which it is possible to give an equivalent reproduction. The real is not only what can be reproduced, but that which is always already reproduced. The hyper real.
The world is not dialectical - it is sworn to extremes, not to equilibrium, sworn to radical antagonism, not to reconciliation or synthesis. This is also the principle of evil.
There exists, between people in love, a kind of capital held by each. This is not just a stock of affects or pleasure, but also the possibility of playing double or quits with the share you hold in the other's heart. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
There is no aphrodisiac like innocence.
There is nothing funny about Halloween. This sarcastic festival reflects, rather, an infernal demand for revenge by children on the adult world. Humor
There is nothing more mysterious than a TV set left on in an empty room. It is even stranger than a man talking to himself or a woman standing dreaming at her stove. It is as if another planet is communicating with you.
To love someone is to isolate him from the world, wipe out every trace of him, dispossess him of his shadow, drag him into a murderous future. It is to circle around the other like a dead star and absorb him into a black light. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Future
We shall never resolve the enigma of the relation between the negative foundations of greatness and that greatness itself.
What is a society without a heroic dimension? Society
What you have to do is enter the fiction of America, enter America as fiction. It is, indeed, on this fictive basis that it dominates the world.
You are born modern, you do not become so.