Thursday, March 08, 2007
Jean Baudrillard has died. The obvious joke is to say that we cannot be sure that he is dead in reality, only simulation; but everybody made that joke when Derrida died. Oh, of course, that won't stop anybody. It's a shame too because Baudrillard was actually pretty funny. More so than Derrida. Any philosopher who has done a Vegas-style reading of his work, complete with dancers, is taking the piss out to a certain extent. There were pearls of wisdom in his works, but I'm not sure that people, including myself, always got the jokes that were there. Admittedly, he wrote the same book over and over again; a Baudrillard cook book would tell the reader that "There is no such thing as food." But, I think he's worth reading for the fun of it.
Posted by Rufus at 7:52 PM