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Chapter Nine: ‘Speculation to the Death’: Jean Baudrillard's Theoretical Violence

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‘Speculation to the Death’: Jean Baudrillard's Theoretical Violence
‘Speculation to the death’: Jean baudrillard's theoretical violence
WilliamMerrin

I have dreamt of a force five conceptual storm blowing over the devastated real.

(1997: 42)
The Jean Genie

Jean Baudrillard is increasingly being recognized as one of the most important cultural theorists, with his original and perceptive analyses becoming standard reference points for any understanding of contemporary cultural processes and experience. He is also, however, one of the most controversial theorists, his work arousing surprisingly passionate responses, ranging from the hostility of academics, many of whom retain a deep suspicion towards the ‘postmodern’ excesses of his work and thought, to his elevation for a wider public and media to übercool icon: a media and pop-cult sign name-dropped by journalists taking the temperature ...

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