The whole chaotic constellation of the social revolves around that spongy reference, that opaque but equally translucent reality, that nothingness: the masses. A statistical crystal ball, the masses are ‘swirling with currents and flows’, in the image of matter and the natural elements. So at least they are represented to us.
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“Foucault’s writing is perfect. It invests and saturates the entire space it opens. The smallest qualifiers find their way into the slightest interstices of meaning; clauses and chapters wind into spirals. His discourse mirrors the powers it describes. Therein lies its seductive strength, its potential for generating an internal simulation of power.” First published by Semiotext(e) in 1987, this volume combines Jean Baudrillard’s short 1977 critique of Michel Foucault’s “collusion” with power with an-depth interview conducted by Sylvère Lotringer summarizing Baudrillard’s conception of history and the sociological roots of his work. “Ours is a culture of premature ejaculation,” proclaims Baudrillard. “Forget Baudrillard” is a re-evaluation, by Baudrillard in the present, of his lesser known early works as a post-Marxian thinker. How did he get here from there? In this conversation, Lotringer presses Baudrillard to explain how he arrived at the extrapolationist theories he is best known for from their bases in 19th and early 20th century social and anthropological works of Karl Marx,...Read more about: Forget Foucault »
Simulations never existed as a book before it was “translated” into English. Actually it came from two different books written at different times by Jean Baudrillard. The first part of Simulations , and most provocative because it made a fiction of theory, was “The Procession of Simulacra.” It had first been published in Simulacre et Simulations (1981). The second part written much earlier and in a more academic mode, came from L’Echange Symbolique et la Mort (1977). It was a half-earnest, half-parodical attempt to “historicize” his own conceit by providing it with some kind of genealogy of the three orders of appearance: the Counterfeit attached to the classical period; Production for the industrial era; and Simulation, controlled by the code. It was Baudrillard’s version of Foucault’s Order of Things and his ironical commentary of the history of truth. The book opens on a quote from Ecclesiastes asserting flatly that “the simulacrum is true.” It was certainly true in Baudrillard’s book,...Read more about: Simulations »
Still Black Still Strong is an essential document of the Black Panther Party written by three leading thinkers and party activists who were jailed following the FBI’S 1969 mandate to destroy the organization “by any means possible.”
First published in 1993, Still Black, Still Strong is partly based upon the 1989 videotape Framing The Panthers by producers Chris Bratton and Annie Goldson. It recounts the stories of Dhoruba Bin Wahad, Mumia Abu-Jamal and Assata Shakur, all of whom were arrested and jailed during the COINTELPRO probe of the Black Panther Party.
Dhoruba Bin Wahad, who organized chapters of the Black Panther Party in New York and along the Estern Seaboard and worked with tenants in Harlem and on drug rehabilitation in the Bronx, was accused of murdering two officers while still in his teens and imprisoned for 19 years. He always maintained his innocence and won his freedom by forcing the FBI to release thousands classified documents proving that he had been framed....Read more about: Still Black, Still Strong »
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In this lengthy interview with Philippe Petit, Virilio articulates his ideas around technology, politics, accidents and warfare, developing an analysis of a technological culture in which accidents are no longer specific and local, but global and simultaneous.... Read more about: Politics of the Very Worst »