The Gulf War Did Not Take Place is a collection of three short essays by Jean Baudrillard published in the French newspaper Libération and British paper The . View latest Jean Baudrillard’s Documents. Jean Baudrillard’s Documents. Home · Jean Baudrillard’s La guerra del Golfo no ha tenido lugar. Read more. La guerra del Golfo no ha tenido lugar / Jean Baudrillard ; traducción de Thomas Kauf.

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guegra I thought this book was largely but not quite entirely provocative nonsense. I like it more as a challenge This compilation is probably the most confusing piece of writing I have ever encountered because it is translated, Baudrillard is crazy, and I don’t know much about the Gulf War. He argues that the war we were presented with on TV and through government propaganda isn’t the same as the war as it happened.

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It isn’t, as Magritte cleverly pointed out. Since this war was won in advance. We live in a world dominated by simulated experiences and feelings, Jean Baudrillard believes, and have lost the capacity to comprehend reality as it actually exists. We experience only prepared realities–edited war footage, meaningless acts of terrorism, the destruction of cultural values and the substitution of ‘referendum’. An alternative source of media opened up to counteract the narrative running simultaneously on the television.

Baudrillard is a genius. I’m sorry this is so long.

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Wastes which incarnate the secret violence of this society, uncoerced and non-degradable defecation. Apr 11, Spoust1 rated it really liked it Lugat His sentiment that this isn’t a ‘war’ in the traditional sense is also true, shared by Bill Hicks at the time.


Being polemical baudrillsrd reality is fine but denying that anything and everything that you write doesn’t have to have any relationship to evidence is a horrible precedent to set. War was never merely understood as being bombardment just as capital was never assumed to be fixed on a specific relationship to ostentation, even by Marx.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Feb 09, Dean added it. The hysteric is irreducible.

Almost nothing was made known about Iraqi deaths. What Baudrillard means when he says that “the Gulf War did not take place” isn’t to imply that people didn’t die, acts of courage did not happen or that the war didn’t do any good. A war as a media event, a spectacle created to support a sense of a palpable enemy and a just cause.

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I liked reading about the topic of this book and philosophical ideas behind it better than reading the actual book. If he’s saying that the video footage isn’t the real war, fair enough. What he means is that whatever objective the war had and whatever sacrifices were made were overshadowed by the spectacle of war.

This has been suggested by other network theorists in sociology but despite the multifarious channels and golro of images and information, our ‘desensitization’ hasn’t led to a lack of understanding of truth but merely a skepticism involved in accepting what is true, with the need for greater and longer analysis.


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Plainly, the title is intended to attract attention and it’s a clever reference to Jean Giraudoux’s playbut Baudrillard simply fails to make any sort of case to support it.

He is neither mad nor suicidal, perhaps he should be treated by hypnosis? A war enclosed in a glass coffin, like Snow White, purged of any carnal contamination or warrior’s passion. Confronted with this lubricity, this duplicity, the paranoid can only become more rigid, more obsessional. The idea that a war can occur as a purely visceral, mental experience is super cool.

Views Read Edit View history. I don’t know whether this piece by crazy French theorist Jean Baudrillard Died recently is faulty in its logic or if I am just not capable of comprehending what the hell he is trying to say.

The Gulf War Did Not Take Place

Let me repeat, some of his poitical and sociological stuff is actually rather interesting. I genuinely cannot remember ever having had tfnido read such abject tosh, and I have studied psychology in my time so it’s up against some pretty stiff competition. These terms refer to the virtual or unreal nature of contemporary culture in an age of mass communication and mass consumption.