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Baudrillard and the media : a critical introduction

Author: William Merrin
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; Malden, MA : Polity, 2005.
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"Baudrillard and the Media is the first in-depth critical study of Jean Baudrillard's media theory. Rejecting the common positioning of Baudrillard within the discipline as a postmodernist, it argues instead for the necessity of a fuller reading of his ideas and critical project." "William Merrin offers an overview and evaluation of Baudrillard's key arguments and themes, focusing especially on the organizing  Read more...
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Merrin, William.
Baudrillard and the media.
Cambridge, UK ; Malden, MA : Polity, 2005
(OCoLC)756311330
Named Person: Jean Baudrillard; Jean Baudrillard; Jean Baudrillard; Jean Baudrillard; Jean Baudrillard
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William Merrin
ISBN: 0745630723 9780745630724 0745630731 9780745630731
OCLC Number: 61217673
Description: v, 190 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : 'there is no theory of the media' : Baudrillard and media studies --
1. Television is killing the art of symbolic exchange : Baudrillard's theory of communication --
2. To play with phantoms : the evil demon of the simulacrum --
3. Are friends electric? : Baudrillard's critique of McLuhan --
4. The delirious spectacle of non-event --
5. Shreds of war rotting in the desert --
6. 'Total screen' : 9/11 and the gulf war : reloaded --
7. 'The matrix has you' : virtuality and social control --
8. 'The saving power' : the 'reflex miracle' of photography --
Conclusion : 'speculation to the death' : Baudrillard's theoretical violence.
Responsibility: William Merrin.

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"Baudrillard and the Media is the first in-depth critical study of Jean Baudrillard's media theory. Rejecting the common positioning of Baudrillard within the discipline as a postmodernist, it argues instead for the necessity of a fuller reading of his ideas and critical project." "William Merrin offers an overview and evaluation of Baudrillard's key arguments and themes, focusing especially on the organizing principle of his work: his theory of symbolic exchange and critique of the semiotic and of simulation. The book also resituates Baudrillard within media theory, developing an original, critical rereading of his relationship with McLuhanism and arguing for the significance instead of hitherto neglected influences such as Boorstin."--Jacket.

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