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Jean Baudrillard: Critical Practice as Core Extraction

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Jean Baudrillard's life was beyond continuity; it was impossible for him to contemplate a micro-version of paradise on earth: not by changing regimes or replacing economies; not by shelving religions or altering the way humans talk, not by the liberation of judgment or the refounding of appreciative faculties. Baudrillard was gifted with a vivid sociological imagination, allowing him to see the commonplace in stark relief. Baudrillard penetrated the social fabric of everyday life in the West with such determination that a bit like the Time Traveler of H.G. Wells, he ended up in the hyper-reality called post-modernity. Baudrillard focused in the present, on technically objectified domination: as conditioned, generated, imposed and sustained by the blinding effect of the false belief in the 'new' and linked with the promise of ever more reassuring progress, thus assuring freedom beyond either necessity or obligation.

Keywords: H.G. Wells; Jean Baudrillard; post-modernity; social fabric of everyday life; vivid sociological imagination



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