Prelude to the School to Come ” Introduction to the Special Issue”.Helen E. Lees & Nick Peim – – Studies in Philosophy and Education 32 (2) You may know Jean Baudrillard even if you don’t know him. He sort-of co-wrote The Matrix movie. His book by matrjoschka. The Agony of Power is another posthumous text by Jean Baudrillard, to be published by Semiotexte in October. If you’ve never read Baudrillard.
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It is also Baudrillard at his finest.
The agony of power
Baudrillard insists in this book that the true aim of globalization is actually the complete liquidation of values, either by consensus or force. The West, furthermore, demands that everyone else play the same game and liquidate their own values, as baudrillwrd. For Baudrillard, absolute Evil today comes from an excess of Good, of technologcial development, of totalitarian morality, jeaj the desire to do Good without opposition.
But there can be no axis of Evil, Baudrillard insists, because evil does not have a direction; only Good—i.
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Evil is more of a parallax, or a deviance, so it cannot even be opposed to the Good. When you fight Evil militarily with a frontal attack, you can only miss it. We have broken out of fhe to enter an age not of historical events but of another kind of event altogether, the unpredictable event, without agohy or reference. Things baudrkllard not happen, these days, for inward historical necessities but for totally random reasons, i.
Everything that had been characteristic of the historical epoch has now become fakeBaudrillard says, and the world is besieged by ghost events or fake-events.
This new world space of the rogue event is a new topology: These rogue events are not political in nature but rather symbolic. The more this forced integration by hegemonic society baudgillard, the more these rogue events, or singularities, will strike back against it: We will see more and more people exiling themselves from this forced community and striking back at it through terrorism. We have, in short, entered into the age of the despair of having everything.
Human beings in this world order have been rendered obsolete by the perfection of our machines. Human beings have become the weak link in the chain of technological progress, for we have managed to surpass ourselves with our own machines.
The kidnapping tge human intelligence at the hands of artificial intelligence took place when the government refused MacArthur the use of the Atomic bomb during the Korean wars as it plugged data into its computers in order to calculate what the outcome might be and the data came back negative. The end result, ever since, has been the capturing of human intelligence by artificial intelligence. Baudrillard casts a skeptical eye at technology in this book, as he has elsewhere.
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