In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities

ISBN-10: 1584350385

ISBN-13: 9781584350385

Edition: 2007

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Published one year after Forget Foucault,In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities(1978) may be the most important sociopolitical manifesto of the twentieth century: it calls for nothing less than the end of both sociology and politics. Disenfranchised revolutionaries (the Red Brigades, the Baader-Meinhof Gang) hoped to reach the masses directly through spectacular actions, but their message merely played into the hands of the media and the state. In a media society meaning has no meaning anymore; communication merely communicates itself. Jean Baudrillard uses this last outburst of ideological terrorism in Europe to showcase the end of the "Social." Once invoked by Marx as the motor of history, the masses no longer have sociological reality. In the electronic media society, all the masses can do--and all they will do--is enjoy the spectacle. In the Shadow of the Silent Majoritiestakes to its ultimate conclusion the "end of ideologies" experienced in Europe after the Soviet invasion of Hungary and the death of revolutionary illusions after May 1968. Ideological terrorism doesn't represent anything anymore, writes Baudrillard, not even itself. It is just the last hysterical reaction to discredited political illusions.
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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Semiotexte/Smart Art
Publication date: 6/27/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 136
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.462
Language: English

Jean Baudrillard (1929--2007) was a philosopher, sociologist, cultural critic, and theorist of postmodernity who challenged all existing theories of contemporary society with humor and precision. An outsider in the French intellectual establishment, he was internationally renowned as a twenty-first century visionary, reporter, and provocateur.

Paul Foss founded artUs in 2003 in Los Angeles and previously taught history and philosophy of science at the University of New South Wales in Sydney before becoming editor of Art & Text from 1984 to 2002.

John Johnston is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Emory University in Atlanta. He is the author of Carnival of Repetition and Information Multiplicity.

Chris Kraus is the author of the novels Aliens and Anorexia, I Love Dick, and Summer of Hate as well as Video Green: Los Angeles Art and the Triumph of Nothingness and Where Art Belongs, all published by Semiotext(e). A Professor of Writing at the European Graduate School, she writes for various magazines and lives in Los Angeles.

Introduction: Requiem for the Masses
In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities
...Or, the End of the Social
the Implosion of Meaning in the Media
Event and Non-Event
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