Thursday, March 08, 2007

"Dying is pointless"

Reality finally disappeared for Jean Baudrillard last Tuesday.

In a way it's a bit of a shame that at the time of his dematerialisation he is most remembered for that rather rarefied observation about the first Gulf War. For me it was the spit and sparkle of his theory fictions that will provide the coolest of the memories. He was, as I have said before, something of a proto-blogger, developing a form of fragmentary rhetoric that has undoubtedly influenced me personally. How can one not regret the passing of a writer who dared to suggest that:

"It is the task of radical thought, since the world is given to us in unintelligibility, to make it more unintelligible."

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