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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She is at work on a series of books about time, memory, and the persistence of art, which includes Book of Mutter and the forthcoming Drifts. Paradoxically, it seems that the innocent pay the crime of being nothing, of being lotless, of having been dispossessed of their name by an equally anonymous system whose purest incarnation they then become.

Nor is anything served by alleging that they are mystified. Today it is necessary to produce consumers, to produce demand, and this production is infinitely more costly than that of goods for the most part, and above all sincethe social arose out of this crisis of demand: Here there is a sort of law which has nothing to majortiies with bourgeois ethics.

I’m caught in apathy and negligence The demand for objects and for mmajorities can always be artificially pro- duced, at a high, but accessible cost; the system has proved this. Majortiies is the simultaneity of the two which is staggering, and noteworthy.

Majorrities force of the terrorists comes to them precisely from the fact that they have no logic.

Inun- dated by flows and tests, it forms a mass or earth; it is happy to be a good conductor of flows, but of any flow, a good conductor of information, but of any information, a good conductor of norms, but of any norm, and thereby to reflect the social in its absolute transparency, to give place only to the effects of power and of the social, the latter like constellations fluctuating around this im- perceptible nucleus. One same reason is always invoked: See, in L’Echange symbolique et la mortthe three levels of residue: The more passive they were, the more secure it was.


This in order to evade the reverse hypothesis, namely that it is in complete “freedom”. Retrieved 12 December Only surveys and statistics like the law of large numbers and the calculus of probabilities in mathematical physics can ac- count for it, but one knows that this incantation, this meteoric ritual of statistics and surveys has 31 Jean Baudrillard no real object, especially not the masses whom it is thought to express.

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Hence the real is abolished. Or, the End of the Social order simulacra, and, absorbed into third-order simulacra, it is dying. It is a circular set-up in which the desire of the audience is shadkw on stage, an anti-theater of communication, which, as we know, is never anything but the recycling “in the negative” of traditional institutions, the integrated circuit of the negative.

The social only exists in a perspective space, it dies in the space of simulation, which is also a space of deterrence. The depoliticised masses would not be this side of the political, but beyond it. As the social pro- gressively gets rid of all of its residue, it becomes residual itself.

Instead of causing communication, it ex- 97 Jean Baudrillard hausts itself in the act of staging the communica- tion; instead of baudrollard meaning, it exhausts itself in the staging of meaning.

Beyond meaning, there is fascination, which results from the neutralization and implosion of meaning.

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At no time are the masses politically or historically engaged in a conscious manner. The Social, or The Functional Ventilation of Remainders [The social exists to look after the soaking up of excess wealth which, redistributed to all and sun- dry, would ruin the social order, would create an intolerably utopian situation.

Distrust the universalization of struggles through information. Thus the in- stitutions which have sign-posted the “advance of the social” urbanisation, concentration, production, work, medicine, education, social security, insurance, etc.

That no longer transmits, that no longer res- ponds. But defying the social can take the reverse form of a renewed outbreak of the social simulacrum, of social de- mand, of demand for the social. Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. Digested as a form of entertainment, half-sports, half-games see the winning ticket in American elections, or election evenings on radio or TV ; like those old comedies of manners, at once both fascinating and ludicrous.


Besides, the maajorities — most of the time to liberate imprisoned comrades — is typically a zero sum equation. At bottom, it is still the message which lends credibility to the medium, and which gives to the medium its distinct and determined status as intermediary of communication. Open Preview See a Problem? It propagates, by its own non- representativity, and by chain reaction majotities by 53 Jean Baudrillard remonstration and consciousness raising the ap- parent non-representativity of all power.

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Terrorism does not at all aim at unmasking the repressive character of the State that is the provocative negativity of groupuscules, who find in this a last chance to be representative in the eyes of the masses.

But then, if the social is both destroyed by what produces it the media, information and reabsorbed by what it produces the massesit follows that its definition is empty, and that this term which serves as universal alibi for every discourse, no longer analyses anything, no longer designates anything.

It is just the last hysterical reaction to discredited political illusions.

This can be seen in the shift in value from history to the humdrum, from the public sphere to the private sphere. A kind of te If the social is formed out of abstract in- stances which are laid down one after the other on the ruins of the symbolic and ceremonial edifice of former societies, then these institu- tions produce more and more of them.