Contents In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities 1 Or, The End of the Social 65 The Implosion of Meaning in the Media 95 Our Theater of Cruelty The whole . In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities (Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents) [Jean Baudrillard, Paul Foss, John Johnston, Paul Patton, Stuart Kendall, Sylvère Lotringer. In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities has ratings and 15 reviews. فرشاد said : در این کتاب توضیح داده میشود که چگونه در عصر جدید، امر اجتماعی به وان.
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Snega rated it liked it Dec 10, No longer being under the reign of will or representation, it falls under the province of diagnosis, or divination pure and simple — whence the universal reign of informa- tion and statistics: I’m sure reading it while trying to understand it all would have been much more difficult, and taken much longer, but it’s just a matter of deciphering the quarter to half page long sentences and breaking down some of the terminology.
Looking for beautiful books? In any discipline what- soever, the coded, controlled, “objective” form of inquiry only allows for this circular type of truth, from which the very object aimed at is excluded.
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An explosion of popular joy when France won. Can one ask questions about the strange fact that, after several revolutions and a century or two of political apprenticeship, in baudrillrd of the newspapers, the trade unions, the par- ties, the intellectuals and all the energy silnt into educating and mobilising the people, there are still and it will be exactly the same in bausrillard or twen- ty years a thousand persons who stand up and twenty million who remain “passive” — and not 13 Jean Baudrillard only kajorities, but who, in all good faith and with glee and without even asking themselves why, frankly prefer a football match to a human and political drama?
Such is also the calamity of revolution. It is a process of extermination of the structural position of each term, majirities the sub- ject position of each of the antagonists, and in particular of the one who hurls the challenge: They were and have remained pagans, in their way, never haunted by the Supreme Authority, but surviv- ing on the small change of images, superstition and the devil.
It is exactly this indifference, however, that demands to be analysed in its positive brutality, instead of being dismissed as white magic, or as a magic alienation which always turns the multi- tudes away from their revolutionary vocation. It no longer makes tbe sense, since it is there for something else, in despair of anything else: This is definitely not to say that terrorism would repre- sent the silence and the not-said of the masses, that it would violently express their passive jena.
To the demand to be a subject, he opposes just as stubbornly and efficaciously with an ob- ject’s resistance, that is to say, in exactly the op- posite manner: Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. It is not that everything should be reversed; just that the remainder should be. This victory lies not at all in the fact of im- posing a negotiation and forcing a government to capitulate.
In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities
The resistance-as-subject is today unilaterally valorized and held as positive — just as in the political sphere only the practices of liberation, emancipation, expression, and con- stitution as a political subject are taken to be valuable and subversive. Or, the End of the Social linked to the political economy of capital.
A revolution of the same order comes into play with the taking into consideration of the masses. Now, the masses aren’t the social, they are the reversion of any social and of any socialism. The stakes are elsewhere. The Conspiracy of Art Jean Baudrillard.
Without hav- ing anything to do with those marginal defections of the mad, women, druggies, delinquentswhich, on the contrary, supply new energy to the failing social. Everybody questions it, but never as silence, always to make it speak. It is a good conductor of information, thf of any information.
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Damla rated it it was amazing Nov 01, In which case, there is no point dreaming about fhe “real” sociality, a hidden sociality, an ideal socialist: Thus information dissolves meaning and the social into a sort of nebulous state leading not at all to a surfeit of innovation but to the very con- trary, to total entropy. The work starts with the idea that meaning has been devalued. Whence comes the fact that the liberation of desire could so easily take over from the political revolution, making good the failure of meaning instead of deepening it.
Information devours its own contents; it devours communication and the social, and for two reasons: View all 4 comments. The end of revolutionary convictions.
In other words, the “silent majority” is even stripped of its indifference, it has no right even that this thw recognised and imputed to it, even this apathy must have been imposed on it by power. It is a circular set-up in which the desire of the audience is put on stage, an anti-theater of communication, which, as we know, is never anything but the recycling “in the negative” of traditional institutions, the integrated circuit of the negative.
But it has always come to grief, by baudrillarc 81 Jean Baudrillard sort of secondary functionality.
A parody and a paradox: Here, revolution in relation to the devices of classical sociality of which elec- tions, institutions, the instances of representa- tion, and even of repression, still form a part is complete: Manipulation has never existed.
Besides, the objective — most of the time to liberate imprisoned comrades — is typically a zero sum equation. Commonly reduced to an antiquated and irra- tional mentality, we should read in this, on the contrary, an offensive practice, a rediversion by excess, an unanalysed but conscious rejection “without knowing it” of the profound devasta- tion wreaked by rational medicine. This comforts it in its illusion of being power, and leads away from the much more dangerous fact that this indifference of the masses is their true, their only practice, that there is no other ideal of them to imagine, nothing in this to deplore, but everything to analyse as the brute fact of a collective retaliation and of a refusal to participate in the recommended ideals, however enlightened.
To the demand to be an object, he op- poses all the practices of disobedience, revolt, emancipation; in short, a total claim to subject- hood.
Two Regimes of Madness Gilles Deleuze. For us an untenable hypothesis: In a subdued and controlled form, it has even been the main secret of primitive and tradi- 58 In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities tional societies.