produces that astral quality I have not found anywhere else. America is neither dream nor reality. It is a hyperreality. It is a hyperreality because it is a utopia. “France is just a country. America is a concept.” -Jean Baudrillard. Hegel wrote that tragedy occurs when two value-systems—both of which are. I’m a big Jean Baudrillard fan: Simulacra and Simulation, which I’ll be writing an essay on soon (tying his notion of hyper-reality to our modern.
|Published (Last):||22 February 2009|
|PDF File Size:||4.27 Mb|
|ePub File Size:||13.72 Mb|
|Price:||Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]|
Even philosophers of arts and sciences as well as well known personalities in the field of literature describe their American travel as exciting and memorable.
And so in the mids, Baudrillard made his own travelogue and documented his findings in his book, America According to him, what can be bauudrillard from this book is merely his observation on his visit and should not be taken baudriolard but not necessarily for granted. Baudrillard was known for his witty and opposing americca which he clearly shown from his other writings.
His use of metaphor and linguistic style may not be so common to everybody but reading his lines altogether and understanding his motives will bring you to conclusion that he was really an observer and a critic with extra-ordinary perception on events Baudrillard, Most part of the book talk about some of the states he visited as well as his discovery of the people, what is within them and how they live in their societies.
One can notice his astonishment with America which he wrote in his most charmed but satirical manner.
On this section, he said that being in America was like being in the land of Utopia where everybody seems to be living in their blissful society, complete with amenities, freedom and the advantages using the latest technology. Astral America described the highest point where America already has its lead in innovations, extensive urbanization and great industrialization among other industrialized nations. Although Europe was already enhanced in terms of industrialization during the sAmerica has always been the leader in the aspect of economic advantage.
This probably encouraged Baudrillard to travel astrao America and see deeply for himself the status of a grand nation that is continually moving and upgrading itself to be more secured and independent.
Its modern populations spread among great cities and lands where everybody lives in glorious days. His description of this nation was of a prosperous country where Disneyland is a place people from all over the world want to visit.
Furthermore, he said that you could find in this nation the perfect combination amerida entertainment and fantasy.
Everybody do their job with their modern machines and the use of their technology for entertainment is endless. As he was quoted on following: The lyrical nature of pure circulation. As against the melancholy of European analyses… The exhilaration of obscenity, the obscenity of obviousness, the obviousness of power, the power of simulation…Sideration. Star-blasted, horizontally by the car, altitudinally by the plane, electronically by television, geologically by deserts, stereolithically by the megalopoloi, transpolitically by the power game, the power museum that American has become for the whole world Baudrillard,p.
However, throughout his American travel, Baudrillard made the impression that he was conscious of his status as a European because of the comparison on what he saw. In between the lines, he described Europe as an inescapably old, ethnic, contrived, confined and accustomed with lesser modernization wherein he view America as adtral than the reality, formed into a vast realization of cultures and colorful depiction of replication from different cultures.
Such as on astdal following excerpts: Why should I go and decentralize myself in France, in the ethnic and the local, which are merely the shreds and vestiges of centrality?
I want to excentre myself, to become eccentric, but I want to do so in a place that is the centre of the world.
Astral America, Jean Baudrillard, 1986
And, in this sense, the latest fast-food outlet, the most banal suburb, the blandest of giant American cars or the most insignificant cartoon-strip majorette is more at the centre of the world than any of the cultural manifestations of old Europe Baudrillard, But Baudrillard also declared some critical views about America.
Here, he said that other Europeans see the grand nation as a land of barbarism. That although it was a great nation full of life and abound with opportunities, it has also its own disease and flaws. In Astral America, he does amedica see America as all glory although it is unlike Europe that had its dark historical days on wars.
He sees America as a vast desert where culture, politics and gender are in a state baudrilladd commotion. There is bauxrillard hunger, internal conflict, discrimination and prejudice.
America always gives me a feeling of ascetism. Culture, politics — and sexuality too — are seen exclusively in terms of the desert, which here assumes the status of a primal scene…Even the body, by an ensuing effect of undernourishment, takes on a transparent form, lightness near to complete disappearance.
Everything around me suffers this same desertification Baudrillard, Even at the rural sides of America, the grandest of homes and the beauty of the landscapes cannot hide the over simplicity that is embracing the monotonous life of the American people.
Thus the Utopian dream cannot be in full reality itself but only a temporary solace from the harshness of the Western life. America after all is not free of problems but unlike other nations it is undeniably one big nation that faces its problem head on. As Baudrillard was quoted on the following: On the aromatic hillsides of Santa Barbara, the villas are all like funeral homes.
That even in war one can observe their presence of mind is always intact. Nevertheless, he also took notice of American politics as well as he sees political power in America as a uniting factor which binds people in one great nation. As he wrote that: The smile of immunity, the smile of advertising: Cities were alive with people and modern structures. All kinds of recreations and sports are there recognizing it as the power museum of the world.
He even asks himself why he should stay in France and be with the shadow of France when he can even stay in America and do what the Americans do. He theorized that America could just be a dream or a reality.
He said that although he considers this country much like Utopia where everything may be in realistic and in unrealistic state he only see its population as if living in simulation.
They can be the model of lesser nations and ideal material of the modern world but they also have flaws and infirmities. He further discusses that America was like a giant hologram as if all information is contained in one whole element and holds everything in place. For example, every state from every direction offered the same services as he delightfully stated: America is neither dream nor reality.
It is a hyperreality. It is a hyperreality because it is a utopia which has behaved from the very beginning as though it were already achieved. Everything here is real and pragmatic, and yet it is all the stuff of dreams, too…The Americans, for their part, have no sense of simulation.
They are themselves the simulation… Baudrillard, The book America also talks about the hostility of the Wild West, the dazzling sound of the jazz, the vacant and morbid deserts of the South-West, the neon lights of the motels and gang warfare in New York City. He also sees America as a vast empty space with savage and mixed-cultured people populating the cities. In short, he sees America as an advance nation existing with all its special effects but taking a deeper look inside its system is a hollow society living in an artificial world.
During his class film lectures, he always discusses about the Vietnam War in the s. He claimed that in reality, America did not win the war on the ground but only paralyzed the small Asian country.
Although the US was always portrayed as victorious such as on popular movies like The Apocalypse Now and Platoon, accordingly these films did not significantly depicted reality but were made only for entertainment with the use of modern cinematography.
From the French journal Liberation, Baudrillard stated that the Gulf War did not actually take place. That America has only made a perfect visual art that artificially portrayed realism to achieve a striking and realistic effect but actually did not presented the real photographic representation of what is behind the event. To simply said, his works expresses his own opinion or even the general truth but not necessarily the reality itself.
From the interview, Baudrillard always respond with alertness and proudly discussed his philosophical views on life, the realities of war, and the attitude of man toward logical thinking and simple reasoning.
‘America’ by Jean Baudrillard
Although the interview leads to a seemingly ridiculous question such as how he believes that the US invasion of Iraq was to spread freedom and not war, Baudrillard answered his most rhetoric answer.
What we want is to put the rest of the world on the same level of masquerade and parody that we are on, to put the rest of the world into simulation, so all the world becomes total artifice and then we are all-powerful. That this man who uses his intellect to aztral and analyzed things in his most amusing and bewildered manner was a serious man.
Baudrillard writes with a kind of unstoppable electric lyricism that is fast-paced but transparent. He diced his statements with jargon and sometimes uses technological idiom that provides his prose a metaphorical suppleness.
His accounts which he diligently introduced in his baudrilard America were put through most depictive and striking description while identifying the facets of the modern American life.
Of New York for example, he wrote that: It is a world completely rotten with wealth, power, senility, indifference, puritanism, and mental hygiene, poverty and waste, astrall futility and aimless violence, and yet I cannot help but feel it has about it something of the dawning of the universe Parker, Although Baudrillard do not like the idea that his work would be represented in a film that is not real, he said that the scheme of using his work was not properly advised and called for.
Some people consider his works as unbiased literature that are constantly intriguing while they cross the borders of normal criticisms. Baudrillard tackled different subjects ranging from race and gender, art and literature, to the present day trauma such as the September 11 terrorism. Although his comments are openly misquoted and misunderstood they altogether sparked controversy. Nevertheless he was clearly known as more than an observer with alarming analytical mind and always opinionated with his own subliminal eccentricity.
The editor for Lire literary magazine Francois Americaa said of Mr. Baudrillard that he was unique in his own ways because he is very independent in his ideas and does not take sides.
Wearing thick glasses, his look emanates a warm personality although many know him for his black humor and witty aphorisms. As a proof that things were getting unreal in our world were the establishment of shopping malls, amusement parks, sensationalized TV programs and news programs.
Television shows and films are only animated by no less than actors devoid of authenticity and meaning. He always advises the media that the pursue for reality cannot be truly accomplished because the world today abounds with illusions.
That anybody americ a choice between buying material things because it is a simulation of freedom. He also criticized the practice of the consumers in which they buy material things out of necessity but of the status and label on the product.
America, by Jean Baudrillard | Media Bytes
Again, as we refer in his travelogue Astral Akerica which he originally wrote inhe was remembered writing that America has all the simulated freedom in purchasing and having things that is not really necessary. He could be implying that although America having to exist in complete state of unreality was still adored and looked upon by no less than another great nation as France.
Although he was always aloof and shunned media most of the time, his articles can frequently be found on newspapers in Paris. He argued that through creating self reality, the Islamic fundamentalists have made their own simulation that the West would constantly be their baaudrillard for terrorism. Baudrillard was oftentimes branded as obscure, indifferent and reversely zstral because he was unlike other postmodernists as he always disagrees with simple reasoning.
But the French critic does not give a damn on such acid remark. On March 6 this year Jean Baurillard died in Paris of long time illness at the age of The internationally celebrated and influential French intellectual who achieved world fame for his rhetoric that is always incomprehensible by the simplest of baudirllard and the author of more than 50 books left a vacant space in the midst of a denser and over-apocalyptic mesh of misunderstood scenarios.
A legend of his own kind, he will never be forgotten by those who believe in his underlying principles and unusual philosophical views Cohen, Jean Baudrillard may not be so popular to many because of his indifference to the common postmodernist literary figures. But upsetting common analysis of a situation through independent reasoning astdal protracted logic somewhat separated him from the ordinary that are overused and boring.
We may never see one like him in our modern baudrillarrd but somebody might dare to be different in reasoning just like him and might also provide us a more in-depth perception of things and events.