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The Gulf War Did Not Take Place has ratings and 28 reviews. Spoust1 said: Three essays: The Gulf War Will Not Take Place, The Gulf War Is Not Taki. In a provocative analysis written during the unfolding drama of , Baudrillard draws on his concepts of simulation and the hyperreal to argue that the Gulf. The Gulf War Did Not Take Place. by Jean Baudrillard Trans. by Paul Patton. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 87 pp. $ Reviewed by Daniel .

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Baudrillard was invited to collaborate on the sequels, but declined. The hysteric cannot be crushed: Confronted with this lubricity, this duplicity, the paranoid can only become more rigid, more obsessional. This basically presented a clear instantiated example of hyper-reality for the events unfoldi What is vitally important to understand regarding Baudrillard’s thesis was that it wasn’t a literal denial of the war.

Wastes which incarnate the secret violence of this society, uncoerced and non-degradable defecation. Some 25 years after the first US-led military operation in Iraq and the publication of those essays, the hyperreality of that Iraq war has come to haunt the reality of the Paris attacks on November 13 in Baudrillard ‘s own country.

Jean Baudrillard was a French sociologist, philosopher, cultural theorist, political commentator, and photographer. What he means is that whatever objective the war had and whatever sacrifices were made were overshadowed by the spectacle of war. War rarely co-operates by being predictable.

He suspects gulff hysteric of bad faith, of ruse and dissimulation. The hysteric is irreducible. Pop culture paid tribute to Baudrillard’s prescience in Andy and Larry Wachowski’s film The Matrix, about a near-future Earth where human society is a simulation designed by malign machines to keep us enslaved.

Photograph courtesy of airborneshodan. The result is a book of profound error and transcendent stupidity, the most inane ever reviewed in these pages. Feb 23, Peter Heft rated it really liked it. Insightful as always, cutting, pulling no jdan as he presents the interface for takke it is. Contrary to the title, the author believes that the events and violence of the Gulf War actually took place, whereas the issue is one of interpretation: For people not used to the way the post-structure French philosophers write, this must feel very confusing.


Baudrillard’s argument is coldly i Three essays: Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Mar 27, ufsb rated it really liked it Shelves: In subsequent works, including The Consumer SocietyThe Mirror of Productionand Forget FoucaultBaudrillard developed arguments about the increasing power of the “object” over the “subject” in modern society, and the way in which protest and resistance were increasingly absorbed and turned into wae by the symbolic “system” of capitalism.

With the sociologist Henri Lefebvre and the cultural wag Roland Barthes as his intellectual mentors, he gave sharp, ironic readings of interior-design materials, gadgets, washing powder and other everyday phenomena.

Perhaps yes, perhaps no.

The World as Prison 20 December Moreover, all baudrillardd spectators got to know about the war was in the form of propaganda imagery. Yes, the war happened, as in bombs were dropped, people died, buildings were destroyed, many suffered, etc. Paul Patton’s introduction surveying the debate aroused by the conflict argues that Baudrillard, more than any other critic of the events, correctly identified the political stakes involved in the gestation of the New World Order.

This feels like capitulation to obscurantism and distorting what is self evident. Oct 08, Sid Nuncius rated it it was ok. When read against Der Derians Virtuous War, one realizes how close to the mark Baudrillard is, especially in light of Schwarzkopfs acquisition of a war game, which became the blueprint for America.

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The BBC would momentarily break from Paris to go to its “Focus on Africa”, for example, but only to ask its reporters to go and collect words of sympathy from Africans for Paris – not for Africans to talk about their own terror so the report could underline the Paris attacks. I genuinely cannot remember ever having had to read such abject tosh, and I have studied psychology in my time so it’s up against some pretty stiff competition.


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For him, it is all aesthetics and ideology; the deeply important human, economic, and strategic issues raised by the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait disappear under the weight of his relentless abstraction.

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Plainly, the title is intended to attract I thought this book was largely but not quite entirely provocative nonsense. Baudrillard argued the Gulf War was not really a war, but rather an atrocity which masqueraded as a war. Provacativively titled book either impresses or deeply angers people, I read this years ago and retained only a few points of interest.

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The Gulf War Did Not Take Place

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Jean Baudrillard’s death did not take place. Moreover, rather than the ‘revolution’ of real time of which Virilio speaks, we should speak of an involution in real time; of an involution of the event in the instanteneity of everything at once, and of its vanishing in information itself. This text describes and defines the relations between the dominant states USA Western Europethe media and the wars they choose to have.