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    The Perfect Crime (Radical Thinkers) (Paperback) By (author) Jean Baudrillard

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    DescriptionIn 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 "murder" of reality. To solve the crime would be to unravel the social and technological processes by which reality has quite simply vanished under the deadly glare of media "real time." But Baudrillard is not merely intending to lament the disappearance of the real, an occurrence he recently described as "the most important event of modern history," nor even to meditate upon the paradoxes of reality and illusion, truth and its masks. "The Perfect Crime" is also the work of a great moraliste: a penetrating examination of vital aspects of the social, political and cultural life of the "advanced democracies" in the (very) late twentieth century. Where critics like McLuhan once exposed the alienating consequences of "the medium," Baudrillard lays bare the depredatory effects of an oppressive transparency on our social lives, of a relentless positivity on our critical faculties, and of a withering 'high definition' on our very sense of reality.


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    Title
    The Perfect Crime
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jean Baudrillard
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 160
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 192 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 222 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781844672035
    ISBN 10: 1844672034
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25220
    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BISAC V2.8: PHI000000
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    B&T General Subject: 610
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Libri: I-PH
    BISAC V2.8: PHI013000
    DC22: 110
    BIC subject category V2: HPJ
    B&T Approval Code: A10010000
    Abridged Dewey: 110
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: B2430.B33973 C7315 2008
    Thema V1.0: QDTJ
    Publisher
    Verso Books
    Imprint name
    Verso Books
    Publication date
    17 January 2008
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007) began teaching sociology at the Universite de Paris-X in 1966. He retired from academia in 1987 to write books and travel until his death in 2007. His many works include "Simulations and Simulacra," "America," "The Perfect Crime," "The System of Objects," "Passwords," "The Transparency of Evil," "The Spirit of Terrorism," and "Fragments," among others.
    Review quote
    "Rarely do words convey such urgency as on a page by Baudrillard." Los Angeles Times Book Review "A golden treasury of theory" Eric Banks, Bookforum "Verso's beautifully designed Radical Thinkers series, which brings together seminal works by leading left-wing intellectuals, is a sophisticated blend of theory and thought. The 12 authors whose writings are included in the series have worked tirelessly to expose the mechanisms by which culture and knowledge are manufactured, managed and controlled." Ziauddin Sardar, New Statesman"