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Jean Baudrillard

1929-2007 ,  French intellectual
Jean BaudrillardFrench sociologist, philosopher, cultural theorist, political commentator, and photographer. His work is frequently associated with postmodernism and post-structuralism.

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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.

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.

Democracy is the menopause of Western society, the Grand Climacteric of the body social. Fascism is its middle-aged lust.

You are born modern, you do not become so.

At the heart of pornography is sexuality haunted by its own disappearance.

Americans may have no identity, but they do have wonderful teeth.

It only takes a politician believing in what he says for others to stop believing in him.

It is always the same: once you are liberated, you are forced to ask who you are.

The sad thing about artificial intelligence is that it lacks artifice and therefore intelligence.

The superiority of Western culture is sustained only by the desire of the rest of the world to join it.

The world has become so real that this reality is only bearable at the expense of perpetual denial. “This is not a world,” after “this is not a pipe.”

Absolute depth knows neither good nor evil. Thus the intelligence of evil goes far beyond pessimism.

There is no aphrodisiac like innocence.

Laughter on American television has taken the place of the chorus in Greek tragedy.

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.

What is a society without a heroic dimension?

A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.

We are no longer in a state of growth; we are in a state of excess. We are living in a society of excrescence.

Fiction is not imagination. It is what anticipates imagination by giving it the form of reality.


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