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 :: French Postmodern Philosopher, Writer

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The price we pay for the complexity of life is too high. When you think of all the effort you have to put in --telephonic, technological and relational --to alter even the slightest bit of behavior in this strange world we call social life, you are left pining for the straightforwardness of primitive peoples and their physical work.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Simplicity]

 

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Smile and others will smile back. Smile to show how transparent, how candid you are. Smile if you have nothing to say. Most of all, do not hide the fact you have nothing to say nor your total indifference to others. Let this emptiness, this profound indifference shine out spontaneously in your smile.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Smile]

 

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Like dreams, statistics are a form of wish fulfillment.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Statistics]

 

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The order of the world is always right -- such is the judgment of God. For God has departed, but he has left his judgment behind, the way the Cheshire Cat left his grin.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Status Quo]

 

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Television knows no night. It is perpetual day. TV embodies our fear of the dark, of night, of the other side of things.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Television]

 

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There is nothing more mysterious than a TV set left on in an empty room. It is even stranger than a man talking to himself or a woman standing dreaming at her stove. It is as if another planet is communicating with you.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Television]

 

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It is not enough for theory to describe and analyze, it must itself be an event in the universe it describes. In order to do this theory must partake of and become the acceleration of this logic. It must tear itself from all referents and take pride only in the future. Theory must operate on time at the cost of a deliberate distortion of present reality.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Theory]

 

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The surprises of thought are like those of love: they wear out. But here too you can carry on for a long time doing your conjugal duty.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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With the truth, you need to get rid of it as soon as possible and pass it on to someone else. As with illness, this is the only way to be cured of it. The person who keeps truth in his hands has lost.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Truth]

 

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As the end of the century approaches, all our culture is like the culture of flies at the beginning of winter. Having lost their agility, dreamy and demented, they turn slowly about the window in the first icy mists of morning. They give themselves a last wash and brush-up, their oscillated eyes roll, and they fall down the curtains.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Twentieth Century]

 

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Holidays are in no sense an alternative to the congestion and bustle of cities and work. Quite the contrary. People look to escape into an intensification of the conditions of ordinary life, into a deliberate aggravation of those conditions: further from nature, nearer to artifice, to abstraction, to total pollution, to well above average levels of stress, pressure, concentration and monotony -- this is the ideal of popular entertainment. No one is interested in overcoming alienation; the point is to plunge into it to the point of ecstasy. That is what holidays are for.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Vacation]

 

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Perhaps our eyes are merely a blank film which is taken from us after our deaths to be developed elsewhere and screened as our life story in some infernal cinema or dispatched as microfilm into the sidereal void.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Vision]

 

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The local is a shabby thing. There's nothing worse than bringing us back down to our own little corner, our own territory, the radiant promiscuity of the face to face. A culture which has taken the risk of the universal, must perish by the universal.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Places]

 

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If there is a species which is more maltreated than children, then it must be their toys, which they handle in an incredibly off-hand manner. Toys are thus the end point in that long chain in which all the conditions of despotic high-handedness are in play which enchain beings one to another, from one species to another --cruel divinities to their sacrificial victims, from masters to slaves, from adults to children, and from children to their objects.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Plays]

 

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It only takes a politician believing in what he says for the others to stop believing him.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Politicians and Politics]

 

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Politicians -- power itself -- are abject because they merely embody the profound contempt people have for their own lives. One should be grateful to the politicians for accepting the abstractness of power, and ridding others of its burden. This inevitably kills them but they get their revenge by passing onto others the corpse of power.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Politicians and Politics]

 

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The abjection of our political situation is the only true challenge today. Only facing up to this situation in all its desperation can help us get out of it.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Politicians and Politics]

 

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The era of the political was one of anomie: crisis, violence, madness and revolution. The era of the trans-political is that of anomaly: an aberration of no consequence, contemporaneous with the event of no consequence.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Politicians and Politics]

 

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At male strip shows, it is still the women that we watch, the audience of women and their eager faces. They are more obscene than if they were dancing naked themselves.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Pornography]

 

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Pornography is the quadraphonics of sex. It adds a third and fourth track to the sexual act. It is the hallucination of detail that rules. Science has already habituated us to this microscopics, this excess of the real in its microscopic detail, this voyeurism of exactitude.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Pornography]

 

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