- Publisher: Verso Books
- Format: Paperback | 160 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 192mm x 16mm | 222g
- Publication date: 17 January 2008
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1844672034
- ISBN 13: 9781844672035
- Sales rank: 92,370
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 "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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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.
"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"