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on 22 October 2000
Jean Baudrillard is the latest target in the vast and successful collection of 'Introducing' books: a fantastic collection of books that break up the sometimes tedious explanations of philosophical, political and cultural theory with illustrations, humour and biographical information. Baudrillard has produced many highly original theories in his lifetime, including the denounciation of Feminism, Marxism and refusing to believe the Gulf war ever happened!! This is the beauty of Baudrillard, his theories are so absurd yet still his arguements are so believable. Chris Horrocks has taken a complex theorist and cut his rhetoric down to what is essential to understanding the wierd and wonderful world of Jean Baudrillard.
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on 24 October 2011
Bought this book for an essay at Uni years ago, it was clear and easy to understand. Helped me to get a 1st in a final year module,I can recommend it to anyone trying learning about this mans theories.
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on 2 February 2016
To be introduced to Baudrillard via this book you ALREADY need to have been introduced to him via previous reading. A maze a labyrinth and a conundrum that also assumes much familiarity with cultural/critical theory and the views and intellectual positions of his contemporaries friend and foe alike.
Chaotically organised: condensed and tightly-packed leaving even the intelligent reader shouting ..... "yes but ..... and what precisely do you MEAN by that .... " and the whole book bursting with far too much UNDEVELOPED information and mystical allusions. And specialist terms not adequately explained abound as a matter of course.
Appears to think it can communicate and instruct by adopting an aura of coolness and self-deprecatory humour - whereas I found frustration and anger to be the main feelings generated after many attempts at trying to digest it.
My views anyway. And to be clear I am NOT saying this book is without worth - it contains a great deal of fascinating comments - all I mean is that the edition is not for a beginner - like many others of the "Introducing" series.
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on 11 November 2006
Misunderstood but not incorrect, Baudrillard's theories wake up the masses(hopefully) from the desert of the real. A true original crying out against a world becoming progressively unreal.
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