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Baudrillard en route to Postmodernity

  • Steven Best
  • Douglas Kellner
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Part of the Communications and Culture book series (COMMCU)

Abstract

Jean Baudrillard has emerged as one of the most high-profile postmodern theorists. He has achieved guru status throughout the English-speaking world and his works are rapidly being translated into Spanish, Italian, German, and other languages as well. Baudrillard’s acolytes praise him as the ‘talisman’ of the new postmodern universe, as the commotion who theoretically energizes the postmodern scene, as the supertheorist of a new postmodernity.1 Moreover, whereas Foucault and Deleuze and Guattari never adopted the discourse of the postmodern, Baudrillard eventually identified with the postmodern turn and was crowned as a high priest of the new epoch. Furthermore, Baudrillard has developed the most striking and extreme theory of postmodernity yet produced and has been highly influential in cultural theory and discussions of contemporary media, art, and society.

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© Steven Best and Douglas Kellner 1991

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  • Steven Best
  • Douglas Kellner

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