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Jean Baudrillard

This, however, is quite sad to read:

French philosopher Jean Baudrillard, a social theorist known for his provocative commentaries on consumerism, excess and what he said was the disappearance of reality, died Tuesday, his publishing house said. He was 77.

Baudrillard died at his home in Paris, said Michel Delorme of the Galilee publishing house. He died after a "long illness," Delorme said, a term that in France most often means cancer.


Baudrillard, a sociologist by training, is perhaps best known for his concepts of "hyperreality" and "simulation."

"We lose a great creator," Education Minister Gilles de Robien said. "Jean Baudrillard was one of the great figures of French sociological thought."

I always liked Baudrillard. After reading Simulacra and Simulation I became very annoying for about a week. Like the best French theorists, he was wild in thought, and frustrating for the sake of clarity at times, and though I'd fallen off reading his stuff in the last four or five years--he never related to the work I was doing--I've always meant to go back and read what I missed.



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Mar. 6th, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC)
Aw, damn. That's a real loss.
Mar. 6th, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC)
I always thought he was 100% full o' shit, but it's still sad he's died.
Mar. 7th, 2007 12:10 am (UTC)
Any death diminish us but I'll be honest I'm surprised that Peek was upset about his. Is there really a "best French theorist" or they all just shitehawks? I am a pleb.
Mar. 7th, 2007 12:21 am (UTC)
C'mon, anyone who's read Peek's book knows he's a po-mo wankeur ;)
Mar. 7th, 2007 12:24 am (UTC)
damn fucking straight :)
Mar. 7th, 2007 12:22 am (UTC)
all my favourite theorists are french--well, maybe european. of course, that could be because i've read the australian ones ;)
Mar. 7th, 2007 02:14 am (UTC)
Of course there's a "best French theorist", but it's not Baudrillard but rather Roland Barthes who claims that crown. For me, anyway. Mythologies and Camera Lucida are two of my favourite books ever.

It's very sad to hear of Baudrillard's death. He was absolutely brilliant, and everything I ever look for in a theorist: a combination of "Oh my god that's staggering fucking genius!!!" and "what a load of ridiculous wank!!!", closely followed by "actually, what a load of staggering fucking genius wank!!".
Mar. 7th, 2007 02:20 am (UTC)

dude, you are on your own there.
Mar. 7th, 2007 02:27 am (UTC)
Nah, Barthes rocks the house. He was a total dude. I now spend all my time in photography galleries looking for the punctum.
Mar. 7th, 2007 02:11 am (UTC)
that's really sad. baudrillard was one of my faves too (along with Foucault, Derrida, Cixsous and Sartre). my thesis supervisor told me a funny story about him. he was at a conference with baudrillard and gayatri spivak was presenting a paper. baudrillard commented after the presentation, being very intellectual: "that spivak, what a piece!"
Mar. 7th, 2007 02:21 am (UTC)
foucault was all kinds of fun. i always like to tell people he enjoyed driving nails into his penis for sexual gratification.
Mar. 7th, 2007 02:23 am (UTC)
oh yeah, he was a major sadomasochist (i think that is the correct term?)
Mar. 7th, 2007 02:27 am (UTC)
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