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Return to Book Page. In his new book, perhaps the most cogent expression of his mature thought, Jean Baudrillard turns detective in order to investigate a crime which he hopes may yet be solved: The Perfect Crime is also the work of a great moraliste: Paperbackpages. Published August 17th by Verso first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Lists with This Book. I think Baudrillard deliberately employs the language of a prophet; chances are that some of his prophecies will come true and others will say — see, he said it before Facebook appeared!

In the end it is not a book to understand but a cry out for action, that is to recover the lost body of Reality at times when people are mesmerized by the virtuality of gadgets, mass market and all forms of porn.

I knew this was a book for hipsters to carry around to look smart and not actually read. Well, I read it and though there were some aspects of the work as cultural theory that I found compelling, the philosophical basis of his argument seemed to me to be self-contradictory. He spends the opening segments of the book claiming that there crlmen no objective reality that can be perceived by t Hah! He spends the bahdrillard segments of the book claiming that there is no objective reality that can be perceived by the human mind or senses.

He makes the very old point that since our eyes can deceive us in particular cases it’s possible that they do so constantly. He himself states that a true perception of true physical reality would be literally fatal to the individual. However, if this is the case it doesn’t seem to make much sense to write a whole book about how terrible it is that we’ve tried to use our technology to distance ourselves from something that doesn’t exist to us in the first place.

As soon as he’s made his philosophy which is as far as I got, so feel free to rip this review apart with a bunch of semantic trickery if you’ve got your PHD and like Baudrillard percecto about reality, he proceeds prfecto yammer on making a bunch of arbitrary value judgements for a hundred pages or so. Virtual Reality is bad because it replaces real reality which doesn’t existbut books are still okay, seemingly because they do the same thing but in a more awkward way that takes work on the part of the person consuming it.

Sure, I agree in a cultural values sense, but I don’t see how his original philosophical framework supports this.

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He talks about how bad pornography is, but attacks the concept of sexual harassment as some sort of brainwashing technique aimed at robbing us of our beautiful sensual natures.

He badmouths Western Europeans as some sort of ;erfecto shoes hypocrites for he assumes only pretending baudrillarv care about the suffering of people in the war torn Balkans, and then himself romanticizes their suffering as being oh so awesomely real in truly disgusting fashion. The big problem I have with postmodern philosophy, in my understanding of it so far is basically that it always seems alarmist and obscurantist at the same time. At the end of this book there is a feeling that you are reading some sort of “call to arms”.


To me though the call to arms could be summarized as -Various technologies, art forms and political attitudes some of which I’ve mentioned in a pithy tone are destroying the reality that never existed to begin with so let’s be smug about how well we understand it and collect our paychecks from the university.

Aug 31, Davin Ctimen rated it really liked it. It’s pretty easy to criticize this book. It’s dense, confusing, alarmist, and potentially meaningless. I can’t defend the writing perfectk, and I can’t claim to have correctly understood a word of it. This book is difficult for me to review, because I struggled so much to piece together the arguments and the concepts. There are sections that were clear as a bell, but this perfectl definitely not always the case.

I’m also at a disadvantage, because I’m not a student of philosophy. I think that a strong b It’s pretty easy to criticize this book. I think that a strong background in Stoicism or Nietszchean philosophy would help to provide a groundwork for Baudrillard’s work, but I have only a passing knowledge here. So I don’t know if I’ve accurately captured what the author was trying to convey. But Bausrillard think Baudrillard was writing about a world that is only recently been coming into focus.

I think his message of rejecting false representations of reality is an important one. I think his warning of the rise of white nationalism was easy to ignore a few years ago, and has become frighteningly more prescient as time has passed. I didn’t abudrillard with everything Baudrillard said here – I don’t share his fatalism, I’m not on board with his rejection of a PC culture, and his views on gender seem to default to crimej being the standard with women consistently occupying some other space.

But I think his perception of the world is bizarrely accurate and ahead of his time. It’s easy to dismiss this kind of book as something that only hipsters would pretend to read, but Baudrillard was too right about too many things to ignore his work.

Or I could have just misunderstood everything the guy was saying. Aug 21, Mike rated it liked it. Abundantly clever, like an eye so eager to explore perfexto snaps the nerve anchoring it to the brain. The title comes across nearly noir, “What is the perfect crime? Our recent efforts to render the world transparent and fair, to banish evil, are presented as victims of their own success. There are certain baudrillars we tend to ignore in life. The ease of murder, the abject s Abundantly clever, like an eye so eager to explore it snaps the nerve anchoring it to the brain.

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The ease of murder, the abject suffering of many of our fellow humans, the terrible slaughter of so many species to feed our appetites. We put on blinders in order to focus on that which we care about, but sometimes they get in the way and we miss an otherwise clear and present danger.

In his criticism Baudrillard seems to have stepped into an abyss; unwilling to reject the dark formula that channels his thoughts he instead develops them to their terminus, perhaps hoping that so exposed they may thereby be overcome.

Aug 22, Perfecfo rated it really liked it. Enjoyable lunacy, a mix jeann dead-on insight and extremism- the poetry of the sentences is reason alone to read it.


Aug 18, Steven Felicelli rated it it was amazing. Jun 23, Bronislava Sencakova marked it as to-read Shelves: While I have some sympathy with that premise, I disagreed with many of his conclusions and found his style of argument which frequently seems to consist of asserting, without justification, counter-intuitive ideas and expecting readers to collapse in astonishment and awe hard to cope with at times.

Still, this was certainly original and unusual. Jan 14, Ernesto Priani saiso rated it liked it. Pese a todo es un documento valioso, con algunas ideas sugerentes. Jul 15, Rui Coelho rated it really liked it. If you like Baudrillard, this book is a good addendum to Simulacra and Simulation.

If you haven’t made your mind about him yet, I would recommend you start with is best works The Consumer Society and the aforementioned Simulacra. Baudrillard’s ideas on Virtual vs. I was stunned all along its pages for all the death he announces: Quite disturbing, and yet highly enjoyable. On parle toujours de langage politically correct: Baudrillard termine son livre avec une provocation: Jan 27, Deepcomrade rated it liked it Shelves: Traversing science, media, culture, sexuality and war, Jean Baudrillard takes us on a dizzying journey through the post-modern.

Baudrillard analyses the disappearance of reality or rather realities into the abyss of facts and scientific categories. But simultaneously with the complete disintegration of objects into the individual parts, this multitude transforms into singularity. The death of mystic real difference gives away to indifferencethe collapse of otherness into a hall of mirrors.

Th Traversing science, media, culture, sexuality and war, Jean Baudrillard takes us on a dizzying journey through the post-modern. The Perfect Crime is the investigation of a murdered reality that was always already virtual. In the contemporary virtual landscape, of facebook groups, twitter cliques, subreddits, Baudrillard is more relevant than ever. A warning of the consequences of excess for a world used to thinking in terms of lack.

Apr 24, Gary rated it really liked it. So where to begin? If it isn’t ironic that this is a book about the irreality of what we call reality.

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This is an attempt at a philosophy of quantum perceptions. The dismaying trend to assume that there is nothing within aren’t looking hard enough. That’s their disinterest showing–why bother? So one can appear in So where to begin? So one can appear intelligent by having said someone well-read and making an effort is full of shit? It’s totally a contest and we play to win by jezn losers. No wonder the physical sciences think that most of us humanities folks are a joke.

Check out the “No Pity For Sarajevo” section. Then think about how monstrous we are for importing Westernism around the globe. Because we’re all so very happy being a giant nothing, buying useless garbage, and being enslaved by the whims of “The Economy. I have slim hopes that translation did this any favors, but 2 years of high school French is in jewn position to avoid the necessary pitfalls of a translation.

Besides it’s always an uncomfortable proposition to translate something even straight-forward. Haha, getting so angry about a book, despite trying not to. Jan 09, Nessa rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: