Contents In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities 1 Or, The End of the Social 65 The Implosion of Meaning in the Media 95 Our Theater of Cruelty The whole . In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities (Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents) [Jean Baudrillard, Paul Foss, John Johnston, Paul Patton, Stuart Kendall, Sylvère Lotringer. In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities has ratings and 15 reviews. فرشاد said : در این کتاب توضیح داده می‌شود که چگونه در عصر جدید، امر اجتماعی به وان.

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Mind you, if the silent majority keeps its trap shut, it is because when all is oof and done, it makes the law. But it would be fascinating to consider the hypothesis within the framework of the cybernetic theory of communication.

In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities

Proportional to the reinforce- ment of social reason, it is the whole community which soon becomes residual and hence, by one more spiral, the social which piles up. It would suddenly and brutally become clear that use value is only a cruel and disillusioning moral convention, which presupposes a functional cal- culation in all things.

The roles are reversed: The final sparks of the explosive system, the final attempt to still control an energy of confines, or to shrink the confines of energy our fundamental leitmotif so as to save the prin- ciple of expansion and of liberation.

Now it is not at 87 Jean Baudrillard all a question of discovering a new interpretation of the masses in terms of libidinal economy the conformity or “fascism” of the masses reduced to a latent structure, to an obscure desire for power and for repression shadpw would possibly feed off a primary repression or death drive.

There are many ways for it to die — as tge as there are definitions. But the social is never that.

Nothing in all this engages any responsibility. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. The secret of manipulation has been sought in a frantic semiology of the mass media.

In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities by Jean Baudrillard

This is what makes the cir- culation of meaning within the mass impossible: A centralised perspective space which orientates everything inserted into it by simple convergence along the “line of flight” towards infinity in effect, the social, like space and time, opens up a perspective towards infini- ty. A black hole which engulfs the social.


The Abyss of Meaning So it is with information. Beyond meaning, there is fascination, which results from the neutralization and implosion of meaning. No hysteria or potential fascism, but simulation by precipitation of every lost referential. Its form was that of a game, not of a system of representa- tion — semiurgy and strategy, not ideology — its function was one of virtuosity, not of truth hence the game, subtle and a corollary to this, of Balthazar Gracian in Homme de Corn. An explosion of popular joy when France won.

A revolution of the same order comes into play with the taking into consideration of the masses.

Liberal thought always thrives on a kind of nostalgic dialectic between the two, but socialist bqudrillard, revolutionary thought openly postu- lates a dissolution of the political at some point in history, in the final transparency of the social. The term “mass” is not a concept. Jean Rouch and the camera eyewitness. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive?

Media, all media, information, all infor- mation, act in two directions: Instead of transforming the mass into energy, information produces even more mass. It is without truth and without reason. No more object of knowledge, no more subject of knowledge. Despite having been surveyed to death and the constant solicita- tion, the information, to which it is submitted is 28 In the Shadow of the Si lent Majorities equivalent to experimental torture on laboratory animalsit says neither whether the truth is to the left or to the right, nor whether it prefers revolution or repression.

Retrieved 12 December But, contrary to the antiquated idea which makes the social into an objective progress of mankind, everything which escapes it being on- ly residue, it is possible to envisage that the social itself is only residue, and that, if it has triumphed in the real, it is precisely as such.

Book ratings by Goodreads. Returning to Reims Didier Eribon. Their discovery and their being taken into con- sideration therefore imply a kind of overturning of every traditional science and knowledge procedure.

What they have retained is the enchantment of saints and martyrs; the last judgment; the Dance of Death; sorcery; the ceremony and spectacle of the Church; the immanence of ritual — the con- trast to the transcendence of the Idea.


It is without conscience and without unconscious. To begin with, the political space belonged to the same order as that of Renaissance mechanical theatre, or of perspective space in painting, which were invented at the same time.

No longer a “crisis” of the social. Perhaps the social will have had only an ephemeral existence, in the narrow gap between the symbolic formations and our “society” where it is dying.

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This in order to evade the reverse hypothesis, namely that it is in complete “freedom”. Is the social instantaneously, and as if by definition, a “relation,” which already presup- slent a serious abstraction and a rational algebra of the social — or else is it something different from what the term “relation” neatly rationalises?

That no longer transmits, that no longer res- ponds. There the analogy with Freud ends, for his radical act results in a hypothesis, that of repression and the un- conscious, which again opens up the possibility, widely exploited since then, of producing meaning, of reintegrating desire and the unconscious in the partition of meaning.

Implosion is inevitable, and every effort to save the principles of reality, of accumulation, of universality, the principles of evolution which extol expanding systems, is archaic, regressive or nostalgic. Or the End of the Social The social is not a clear and unequivocal process. The loss of meaning is directly linked to the dissolving and dissuasive action of information, the media, and the mass media. For fascination is not dependent on meaning, it is proportional to the disaffection of meaning.

Don’t have an account? Litter piling up from the symbolic order as it blows around, it is the social as remainder which has assumed real force and which is soon to be universal.

At best a dialectic plays between the two, and it is to be hoped that one day the ordinary, like the indivi- dual, will shine over history, in the universal. There is neither victory nor defeat: It proceeds by inertia, and not from a new and joyous negativity. Ter- rorists, killers, hostages, leaders, spectators, public opinion — there is no more innocence in a system which has no meaning.