Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007)

On Tuesday 6 March, French theorist Jean Baudrillard passed away. Trained as a sociologist, his philosophical writings on television, video, and electronic culture made him one of the earliest media theorists, publishing over 30 books and many essays. Baudrillard created the notion of 'hyperreality,' and his theories on simulation and simulacra are often employed in contemporary analyses of new media art. He also wrote outspoken essays on AIDS, the Gulf War, the Rushdie affair, and cloning. His recent controversial writings about the nature of terrorism probed contemporary western morality. He died in Paris at the age of 77.
The Library stocks a number of texts by Baudrillard, from The Mirror of Production to Screened Out. Access is via the Library Catalogue.
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