The Vital Illusion

The Vital Illusion Aren t we actually sick of sex of difference of emancipation of culture With this provocative taunt the indomitable sociologist Jean Baudrillard challenges us to face up to our deadly technologic

  • Title: The Vital Illusion
  • Author: Jean Baudrillard Julia Witwer
  • ISBN: 9780231121002
  • Page: 233
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Aren t we actually sick of sex, of difference, of emancipation, of culture With this provocative taunt, the indomitable sociologist Jean Baudrillard challenges us to face up to our deadly, technologically empowered renunciation of mortality and subjectivity as he grapples with the complex issues that define our postmillennial world What does the advent and proliferationAren t we actually sick of sex, of difference, of emancipation, of culture With this provocative taunt, the indomitable sociologist Jean Baudrillard challenges us to face up to our deadly, technologically empowered renunciation of mortality and subjectivity as he grapples with the complex issues that define our postmillennial world What does the advent and proliferation of cloning mean for our sense of ourselves as human beings What does the turn of the millennium say about our relation to time and history What does the instantaneous, virtual realm of cyberspace do to reality In The Vital Illusion as always Baudrillard leads his readers to some surprising conclusions.Baudrillard considers how human cloning as well as the cloning of ideas and social identities heralds an end to sex and death and the divagations of living by instituting a realm of the Same, beyond the struggles of individuation In this day and age when everything can be cloned, simulated, programmed, and genetically and neurologically managed, humanity shows itself unable to brave its own diversity, preferring instead to regress to the pathological eternity of self replicating cells By reverting to our viral origins as sexless immortal beings, we are, ironically, fulfilling a death wish, putting an end to our own species as we know it.Next, Baudrillard explores the nonevent that was and is the turn of the millennium He provocatively puts forward the thesis that the arrival of the year 2000 could never take place because we could neither resolve nor leave behind our history, nor could we stop counting down toward our future For Baudrillard, the millennial clock reading to the millionth of a second on its way to zero is the perfect symbol of our time history decays rather than progresses In closing, Baudrillard examines what he calls the murder of the real by the virtual In a world of copies and clones in which everything can be made present in an instant by technology, we can no longer even speak of reality Beyond Nietzsche s symbolic murder of God, our virtual world free of referents is in the process of exterminating reality, leaving no trace The corps e of the Real if there is any has not been recovered, is nowhere to be found Peppered with Baudrillard s signature counterintuitive moves, prophetic visions, and dark humor, The Vital Illusion exposes the contradictions that guide our contemporary culture and rule our lives.

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    1. There's no point to wait or even try to avoid the apocalypse. It already happened. We're doomed. Hail the vital apocalypse!

    2. The real, the real that has beginnings and endings and mimetic/causal relations, is murdered in these lectures. In the virtual world Baudriallard observes, there can be no question of the real, as referent, as the relationship between subject, "knowledge", and object has necessarily shifted.These lectures bring the insights and attitudes of the main French post-structualists into the New Order of cyber space. It may have been easier to control and engineer communication and knowledge in other, p [...]

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