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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.

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His book America provides us the view on how an intellectual personality like Jean Baurillard sees America from different perspective. But the French critic does not give a damn on such acid remark.

It is as if instead of the mirror being held up to nature, somehow the mirror had come to be held up to itself, bringing into being some entirely new nature in a space of infinite reflection. I didn’t care for his short book, Why Hasn’t Everything Disappeared?

Toggle Navigation Nassau Weekly. America is simultaneously a land of barbarism and of the Enlightenment in the eyes of Europe, a land where flourish both The Nature Theater of Oklahoma and the culture-industry. I believe that current society encounters such interactions on a day to day basis, from film to video games.

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America by Jean Baudrillard – review

They are themselves the simulation… Baudrillard, America after all is not free of problems but unlike other nations it is undeniably one big nation that faces its problem head on. 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.


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By way of comparison Baudrillard references bahdrillard story of Borges in which there is a map of an empire so perfect as to be exactly coextensive with the territory itself. Thus the Utopian dream cannot be in full reality itself but only a temporary solace from the harshness of the Western life.

Showing of 33 reviews. I ask of astal Americans only that they be Americans. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

Histories of Cultural Materialism. Some people consider his works as unbiased literature that are constantly intriguing while they cross the borders of normal criticisms. In Astral America, he does not see America as all glory although it is unlike Europe baudrollard had its dark historical days on wars. I had a girlfriend almost break up with me because she read the book literally and took affront of a French man critiquing the US.

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La era del globalismo Octavio Ianni Limited preview – And so in the mids, Baudrillard made his own travelogue and documented his findings in his book, America Frankly I think he is somewhat ridiculous, but thought provoking and hilarious. Please try again later. His description of this nation was of a prosperous country where Disneyland is a place people from all over the world want to visit.

Such as on the following excerpts: He also sees America as a vast empty space with savage and mixed-cultured people populating the cities. Learn astrql about Amazon Giveaway.

In Baudrullard’s America he uses Disneyland as such an example, saying that Disneyland is simply a microcosm of a more tender and exciting America 2.


Astral America described the highest point where America already has its lead in innovations, extensive urbanization and great industrialization among other industrialized nations. In between the lines, he described Europe as an inescapably old, ethnic, contrived, confined and accustomed with lesser modernization wherein he baufrillard America as more asttal the reality, formed into a vast realization of cultures and colorful depiction of replication from different cultures.

Baudrillard writes with a kind of breathless electric lyricism, fast-paced and translucent, spangled with jargon and a technological idiom which gives his prose both a metaphorical suppleness and a character connotative of post-industrial modernity. It didn’t feel like just another staid french literary criticism book. In Astral America he introduced us more with a deeper understanding on how a European see America as a modern world but full of artificial elements that produces artificial excitement.

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. The book America answered the question, asked by no one really, what would it be like if De Tocqueville and Kerouac took a lot of benzedrine and read a lot of critical theory and drove around America writing an insane book about it.

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. I loved this book in college and look forward to reading it again.