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This book is a clear continuation of The System of Objects and was fairly digestible (especially compared to some of Baudrillard's later writing). The couple chapters on semiotics were a little lost on me (anyone have recommendations on where to start, or should I just read Saussure and Barthes?), especially the in-depth descriptions of the parallels between use-value and exchange-value and signified and signifiers. One of the points I did find useful to think about is that when psychology and s...
First off, this edition has a lot of typographical errors — misspellings, missing and incorrect punctuation. It's a little distracting, but mostly just disappointing coming from Verso.Secondly, early Baudrillard is actually really fascinating. I think his desire to engage with Marxist thought through an incorporation of sign value and the political economy of the sign was abandoned far too soon — it has a lot to offer Marxists who want to work with materialist conceptions of culture (lots of int...
It has been a while since I read this one, but if I recall correctly, JB begins in this book to question not only society, but also the ways in which society is questioned. The start of his contrasting use value with exchange value and his break with Marxism. Ugly cover.
This is my least favourite book by Baudrillard. In it the early Baudrillard confronts Marxism, offering criticisms and then either alternatives or additions to Marxist theory. But his criticisms do not really hold up, they are either born out of Baudrillard's idealist insecurities in the theory or out of objections to Marx on things that did not really concern him, primarily information science and media theory, an example would be when Marx is said to be made obsolete already with the invention...
I'm up for every proposal of abolishing value (especially exchange value) that is discussed in here, however, not sure with the proposal of symbolic value. Got a bit lost on the actual discussion of sign and value.
Now this a radical break with Marx that contains some coherency. Although Baudrillard is able to build off this, it offers a fantastic bridge from Marxism to post-modernism.
Can someone who isn't me write an update to this to include internet-accessing technologies pleaaaaaseeeeeeee