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Baudrillard sees the power of terrorists as lying in the symbolism of slaughter not merely the reality of death but a sacrificial death that challenges the whole system Where previously the old revolutionary sought to conduct a struggle between real forces in the context of ideology and politics the new terrorist mounts a powerful symbolic challenge which when combined with high tech resources constitutes an unprecedented assault on an over sophisticated and vulnerable West This revised edition is updated with the essays Hypotheses on Terrorism and Violence of the Global

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  1. says:

    I certainly wish I was a bit smarter to argue Baudrillard’s own premises That being said Baudrillard’s discussion of symbolic violence is incredibly eye opening It’s gets at the strange perversity of the burning towers that causes us to both look away and become enraptured by it

  2. says:

    This short collection of essays date from shortly after the events of 91101 While so much of what has been written since has seemed somewhat off the mark Jean Baudrillard's The Spirit of Terrorism and Other Essays introduces some interesting ideas that are still worth debating In essence the French philosopher thinks that globalization itself led to a suicidal situation one that has freuently been imagined in Hollywood films about terrorismToday that order which has virtually reached its culmination finds itself grappling with the antagonistic forces scattered throughout the very heartlands of the global in all the current convulsions A fractal war of all cells all singularities revolting in the form of antibodies A confrontation so impossible to pin down that the idea of war has to be rescued from time to time by spectacular set pieces such as the Gulf War or the war in Afghanistan But the Fourth World War the Third was the self inflicted defeat of Communism is elsewhere It is what haunts every world order all hegemonic domination if Islam dominated the world terrorism would rise against Islam for it is the world the globe itself which resists globalizationBaudrillard distinguishes between the Universal and the Global In our identification of the United States as The City on the Hill we would like to think of ourselves as a Universal culture with Universal values such as freedom and democracy Instead we have a negative simulacrum of Universality in a Global network of markets entertainment and in a word order Hence terrorism arises to attack the weaknesses of this New World OrderOsama bin Laden dreamed of an Islamic universality perhaps a new Caliphate to be headed by why not? himself and his followers But just as our Universal values have decayed those of Al aeda likewise have decayed Did not the suicide bomber of 911 visit strippers even at one point leaving a copy of the u'ran at a titty bar The French have an interesting perspective on terrorism having themselves invented it during the French Revolution Baudrillard's perspective deserves to be discussed today

  3. says:

    There will be some that will write off this book because particular lines in it may sound offensive But I don't think Baudrillard trivializes 911 nor do I think he meant to cause offense The infamous they did it but we wanted it line ought to be read with care I don't think he meant that we or the rest of the world consciously wanted 911; but we were perhaps subconsciously grappling with the Fukuyaman notion that nothing great or earth shattering would ever happen again 911 as awful as it was showed us that history wasn't over just yet and gave us purpose at a time when our purpose was an unresolved uestion That's how I think the line ought to be readAnd I do think after reading this book that Baudrillard truly believed that 911 was awful In fact I think he believed 911 was a far horrendous event than most depictions of it The death of three thousand Americans is tragic but the way that they died in such spectacular fashion and with total media fixation created a symbol of American impotence that far exceeded the lives lost It is not 'real' Baudrillard observed In a sense it is worse it is symbolic p 29 These do not sound like the words of a person who trivialized what happened on 911 On the contrary these sound like the words of somebody who is trying to explain the true gravity of the eventand it was far grave than the death toll alone would conveySo why was the 'symbolic' attack of 911 so destructive? The problem with a symbolic attack is that it is resistant to most forms of retaliation The nature of the attack left the attackers dead so there is nobody left to disavow it The terrorist act leaves no clear enemy no countervailing force to fight And the result of the attack is the production of an image that cannot be destroyed The only option against a symbolic attack is to replace the image with another image but what images have we produced to render the image of 911 moot?It is hard to contemplate our involvement in Ira and Afghanistan without first wondering what we were hoping to accomplish there It seems clear after reading this book that we were looking for a symbol that could displace the symbol of 911 The fact that we are still there means we haven't found that symbol yetDoes a symbol even exist that can undo the symbolism of 911? Maybe but we can't understand what we were hoping to accomplish if we do not understand the symbolic nature of the 911 attack Baudrillard gives us a glimpse into the nature of the attack from a semiotic angle; he offers the kind of perspective that pragmatists and policy analysts cannot see This is why the book is valuable and why it ought to be taken seriously

  4. says:

    In spite of my usual reservations about Baudrillard; the bitchy nihilism the occasional whiny sense of futility the smug dismissal of almost any perspective that isn't simply his etc I found these essays to be very sharp and still uite relevant to our current situationHis conception of the relationship between terrorism and global power ie the US is less dependent on a specific historical or religious or political reading than most leftist considerations which makes it both suspect and also much interesting and frankly harder to ignore Aside from the irritating turns of phrase which tend to accompany most critical theory many of which Baudrillard is famous for using in his own writing his observations here are for the most part uite concrete and show how completely confused and utterly ridiculous a lot of our conventional thinking is about terror in our ageI tried to come up with some witty post modern version of 'jet fuel can't melt steal beams for this review but I failed Sorry

  5. says:

    Baudrillard talks of terrorism beyond the parameters it is usually discussed in You won’t find much mention of political or historical specificity or attempts to find causation or “meaning” in terrorism For him it is beyond a theory of “clash of civilizations” beyond discussions of Good Evil Terrorism is meaningless it is the extreme event attempt of those outside global power to humiliate by refusing to act in a way that can be logically understood Terrorism is not “real” therein lies its power detriment – It is worse than real “it is symbolic” I found his discussion on the spectacle of terrorism particularly interesting How these deaths from the brutal act the whole reality brutality of the current system enters into some kind of system of spectacular exchange “The media are part of the event they are part of the terror” ⠀⠀⠀Some uotes that I felt really encapsulated things ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ “When global power monopolizes the situation to this extent when there is such a formidable condensation of all functions in the technocratic machinery and when no alternative form of thinking is allowed what other way is there but a terroristic situational transfer? It was the system itself which created the objective conditions for this brutal retaliation By seizing all the cards for itself it forced the Other to change the rules And the new rules are fierce ones because the stakes are fierce To a system whose very excess of power poses an insoluble challenge the terrorists respond with a definitive act which is also not susceptible of exchange” This is not then a clash of civilizations of religions and it reaches far beyond Islam and America on which efforts are being made to focus the conflict in order to create the delusion of a visible confrontation and a solution based on force There is indeed a fundamental antagonism here but one which points past the spectre of America which is perhaps the epicentre but in no sense the sole embodiment of globalization and the spectre of Islam which is not the embodiment of terrorism either to triumphant globalization battling against itself”

  6. says:

    Is there a way to review this collection without drowning in the political?Without getting too close and accidentally scratching off the never healing scab of The Event?I sense that much has been said on both sides with much emotion regarding Baudrillard's writings on 911 and terrorism in generalWithout drowning in euivocation or knotty explanations of my own thoughts on the topic let me say this This is a short and for the most part clearly written work that tries to bring some balanced thought to the unavoidably antagonistic relationship between globalization as he defines it and cultural specification ie those still resisting and still outside of the globalized politicaleconomicpower network The unfortunate shorthand of which is The Western World and The Terrorists Because it is short and easily read and also presents ideas at least worth exposing oneself to and contemplating I would recommend this to anyone who was even remotely interested Interestingly 17 years after its first appearance I believe these writings not only hold relevance for the situation they describe and which still exists but also for new and current situations As an example I couldn't help thinking of the rise of the alt right and the political upheavals and violence it has triggered in the last few years I would be interested to see if Baudrillard has written about these new situations I think victim hood in general is a horrible virus that can be dangerous whether in genuine victims or disingenuous ones I don't think I'm original in saying that I think 911 set off a whopper of an auto immune response in America and much of the world from which we have still not recovered And we may never recover This response is dangerous the it changes who we are what we are willing to do and what we won't allow ourselves to discussOr just ignore me because I probably don't know shit but just felt like writing out a response to what I read to clear my head and try to face forward

  7. says:

    I liked it but as it goes on Baudrillard lapses into this almost Hegelian attribution of agency to historical forces and even bafflingly Lacanian progression to BUILDINGS I've always felt that Baudrillard to some extent wrote in such a way that his books demand to be unpacked as poetry just as much as philosophy in order to be understood but in this text the wires get crossed and the whole thing becomes a murky evasive mess of casuistry by the end I hate to say it because usually Baudrillard is my favorite of the three but this book definitely suffers in comparison to its companion volumes by Virilio and Zizek

  8. says:

    I guess the main point of these essays was the idea that terrorism is not a random act or the dangerous uirk of an exotic religion Baudrillard was trying to say that Western culture specifically the globalization of trade the faceless violence protruding from this globalization carries the spirit of terrorism within its very self That we can’t blame terrorism on individual terrorists or Islambut that we must take a good look at the flawed system that has invited these attacksI don’t know if I agree with this message or whether anyone is even interested in my personal opinion not being a terrorism researcher or anything but this is the idea that I think he was trying to conveyI have to admit postmodern French philosophy does feel a bit difficult for me at the moment What does it mean that globalization opposes globalization? Or that terrorism is everywhere that it comes from a global drip? I think these essays are interesting but also difficult to understand They feel kind of non analytical literary and intuitive They make bold claims about world phenomena but lack rigorous logical argumentation which is not straightforwardly a bad thing it's just their style I felt like I was reading literary fictionI think the essays would probably have made sense to me had I been acuainted with Baudrillard’s earlier texts in advance Still I thought some of the metaphors were uniue and thought provoking and probably did form some new conscious or subconscious interconnections in my mindThat was my experience as a non researcher someone not deeply invested in the topic reader pretty much

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    Terrorism invents nothing inaugurates nothing It simply carries things to the extreme to the point of paroxysm It exacerbates a certain state of things a certain logic of violence and uncertainty” p58To make Islam as the embodiment of Evil would be to do it honour and to do oneself honour in the process But we don’t see things that way when it is said that Islam is Evil the implication is that it is not well that it is sick that it is violent because it is sick because it sees itself as a humiliated victim and is nursing its resentment instead of taking its place joyously in the New World Order Islam is regressive and fundamentalist out of despair But if it becomes offensive then it must be reduced to impotence In a word Islam is not what it out to be And what then of the West? p66The Spirit of Terrorism by Jean Baudrillard basically continues his ideas on Simulacra and Stimulus Circulating his ideas on the notion of what is represented through symbols and power Baudrillard examines the event of 911 through four essays 1 The Spirit of Terrorism; 2 Reuiem for the Twin Towers; 3 Hypothesis of Terrorism; and 4 The Violence of the GlobalReview 📝

  10. says:

    while baudrillard fails to adeuately ualify some of his goofy and artfully provocative assertions for instance the notion that the fundamental rule of domination is absence of reciprocation and that terrorism is a blow back to the imperialist west giving the rest of the world a gift which the latter cannot reciprocate the first essay will at least 'radicalize' your perception of XXI century terrorism i am not acuainted in any of his earlier work symbolic exchange and death so maybe there is a misunderstanding on my part in any case i read this book in conjunction with Welcome to the Desert of the Real as many of the points covered here resonate with Zizek's own interpretation of the significance of 911 eg it's not as common sense would have it a clarion call to eschew the virtual and return to the real the precedence of the image over the brute reality of the event