Jean Baudrillard

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Jean Baudrillard

Jean Baudrillard

A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.More Jean Baudrillard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Executives are like joggers. If you stop a jogger, he goes on running on the spot. If you drag an executive away from his business, he goes on running on the spot, pawing the ground, talking business. He never stops hurtling onwards, making decisions and executing them.More Jean Baudrillard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Democracy is the menopause of Western society, the Grand Climacteric of the body social. Fascism is its middle-aged lust.More Jean Baudrillard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Man has lost the basic skill of the ape, the ability to scratch its back. Which gave it extraordinary independence, and the liberty to associate for reasons other than the need for mutual back-scratching.More Jean Baudrillard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Genius is childhood recaptured.More Jean Baudrillard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There is nothing funny about Halloween. This sarcastic festival reflects, rather, an infernal demand for revenge by children on the adult world.More Jean Baudrillard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Cowardice and courage are never without a measure of affectation. Nor is love. Feelings are never true. They play with their mirrors.More Jean Baudrillard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
What is a society without a heroic dimension?More Jean Baudrillard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Jean Baudrillard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The liberated man is not the one who is freed in his ideal reality, his inner truth, or his transparency; he is the man who changes spaces, who circulates, who changes sex, clothes, and habits according to fashion, rather than morality, and who changes opinions not as his conscience dictates but in response to opinion polls.More Jean Baudrillard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Everywhere one seeks to produce meaning, to make the world signify, to render it visible. We are not, however, in danger of lacking meaning; quite the contrary, we are gorged with meaning and it is killing us.More Jean Baudrillard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Neither dead nor alive, the hostage is suspended by an incalculable outcome. It is not his destiny that awaits for him, nor his own death, but anonymous chance, which can only seem to him something absolutely arbitrary. He is in a state of radical emergency, of virtual extermination.More Jean Baudrillard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Jean Baudrillard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If we consider the superiority of the human species, the size of its brain, its powers of thinking, language and organization, we can say this: were there the slightest possibility that another rival or superior species might appear, on earth or elsewhere, man would use every means at his disposal to destroy it.More Jean Baudrillard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There is no aphrodisiac like innocence.More Jean Baudrillard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Jean Baudrillard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Laughter on American television has taken the place of the chorus in Greek tragedy. In other countries, the business of laughing is left to the viewers. Here, their laughter is put on the screen, integrated into the show. It is the screen that is laughing and having a good time. You are simply left alone with your consternation.More Jean Baudrillard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The era of the political was one of anomie: crisis, violence, madness and revolution. The era of the trans-political is that of anomaly: an aberration of no consequence, contemporaneous with the event of no consequence.More Jean Baudrillard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We are becoming like cats, slyly parasitic, enjoying an indifferent domesticity. Nice and snug in the social, our historic passions have withdrawn into the glow of an artificial coziness, and our half-closed eyes now seek little other than the peaceful parade of television pictures.More Jean Baudrillard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Jean Baudrillard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If there is a species which is more maltreated than children, then it must be their toys, which they handle in an incredibly off-hand manner. Toys are thus the end point in that long chain in which all the conditions of despotic high-handedness are in play which enchain beings one to another, from one species to another --cruel divinities to their sacrificial victims, from masters to slaves, from adults to children, and from children to their objects.More Jean Baudrillard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The obese is in a total delirium. For he is not only large, of a size opposed to normal morphology: he is larger than large. He no longer makes sense in some distinctive opposition, but in his excess, his redundancy.More Jean Baudrillard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Jean Baudrillard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Pornography is the quadraphonics of sex. It adds a third and fourth track to the sexual act. It is the hallucination of detail that rules. Science has already habituated us to this microscopics, this excess of the real in its microscopic detail, this voyeurism of exactitude.More Jean Baudrillard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Mistakes, scandals, and failures no longer signal catastrophe. The crucial thing is that they be made credible, and that the public be made aware of the efforts being expended in that direction. The marketing immunity of governments is similar to that of the major brands of washing powder.More Jean Baudrillard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

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