At a time when European terrorists were taking politics into their own hands, Baudrillard was the first to announce that the "critical mass" had stopped being critical of anything. Remarkably prescient, Baudrillard's meditation on terrorism throws light on post-September 11th delusional fears and political simulations. Note: Access code and/or supplemental material are not guaranteed to be included with textbook rental or used textbook. Use up arrow (for mozilla firefox browser alt+up arrow) and down arrow (for mozilla firefox browser alt+down arrow) to review and enter to select. It consists in their silence, in their capacity to ab­ sorb and neutralise, already superior to any power acting upon them. So, at least, they are represented to us. It aims at the white magic of simulation, deterrence, of anonymous and random control, and by the black magic of a still greater, more anonymous, arbitrary and more hazardous abstraction; that of the terrorist act. The mass absorbs all the social energy, but no longer refracts it. The whole chaotic constellation of the social revolves around that spongy reference, that opaque but equally translucent reality, that nothingness: the masses. Today we publish over 30 titles in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and science and technology. At a time when European terrorists were taking politics into their own hands, Baudrillard was the first to announce that the "critical mass" had stopped being critical of anything. In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities past nor future, they have no virtual energies to release, nor any desire to fulfill: their strength is actual, in the present, and sufficient unto itself. Submit your email address to receive Barnes & Noble offers & updates. It is the simulation chamber of the social. It is a good conductor of information, but of any information. ©1997-2020 Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Inc. 122 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011. Translated by Paul Foss, John Johnston and Paul Patton, Distributed for Jean Baudrillard. In a media society meaning has no meaning anymore; communication merely communicates itself. Semiotext(e). MIT Press began publishing journals in 1970 with the first volumes of Linguistic Inquiry and the Journal of Interdisciplinary History. With the masses no longer "alienated" as Marx had described, but rather indifferent, this phenomenon made revolutionary explosion impossible, says Baudrillard. An outsider in the French intellectual establishment, he was internationally renowned as a twenty-first century visionary, reporter, and provocateur. Rather, the "masses" had become a place of absorption and implosion; hence the ending of the possibility of politics as will and representation. Written in 1978 and first published in English in 1983, In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities was the first postmodern response to the delusional strategies of terrorism. So, at least, they are represented to us. The book marked the end of an era when silent majorities still factored into the democratic political process and were expected to respond positively to revolutionary messages. Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date. Javascript is not enabled in your browser. Baudrillard's remarkably prescient meditation on terrorism throws light on post-9/11 delusional fears and political simulations. Jean Baudrillard uses this last outburst of ideological terrorism in Europe to showcase the end of the "Social." Written in 1978 and first published in English in 1983, In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities was the first postmodern response to the delusional strategies of terrorism. Disenfranchised revolutionaries (the Red Brigades, the Baader-Meinhof Gang) hoped to reach the masses directly through spectacular actions, but their … Everybody questions it, but never as silence, always to make it speak. Please check back later for updated availability. Enabling JavaScript in your browser will allow you to experience all the features of our site. It absorbs every sign and every meaning, but no longer reflects them... it never participates. You can view Barnes & Noble’s Privacy Policy. It is without truth and without reason. Disenfranchised revolutionaries (the Red Brigades, the Baader-Meinhof Gang) hoped to reach the masses directly through spectacular actions, but their message merely played into the hands of the media and the state. Disenfranchised revolutionaries (the Red Brigades, the Baader-Meinhof Gang) hoped to reach the masses directly through spectacular actions, but their … Gilles Deleuze and David Lapoujade, https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/shadow-silent-majorities, International Affairs, History, & Political Science, In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities, New Edition. Paperback. Paul Foss, John Johnston, and Paul Patton. To that, terrorism responds by an equally hyper-real act equally caught up from the onset in concentric waves of media and of fascination. "Written in 1978 and first published in English in 1983, "In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities" was the first postmodern response to the delusional strategies of terrorism. Jean Baudrillard (1929–2007) was a philosopher, sociologist, cultural critic, and theorist of postmodernity who challenged all existing theories of contemporary society with humor and precision. It is just the last hysterical reaction to discredited political illusions. It is without conscience and without unconscious. A statistical crystal ball, the masses are 'swirling with currents and flows,' in the image of matter and the natural elements. Auto Suggestions are available once you type at least 3 letters. Once invoked by Marx as the motor of history, the masses no longer have sociological reality. MIT Press Direct is a distinctive collection of influential MIT Press books curated for scholars and libraries worldwide. In the electronic media society, all the masses can do—and all they will do—is enjoy the spectacle. In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities takes to its ultimate conclusion the "end of ideologies" experienced in Europe after the Soviet invasion of Hungary and the death of revolutionary illusions after May 1968. As a mere shadow cast by power, the silent majority and its hyper-real conformity have no meaning and nothing to say to us. Ideological terrorism doesn't represent anything anymore, writes Baudrillard, not even itself. Published one year after Forget Foucault, In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities (1978) may be the most important sociopolitical manifesto of the twentieth century: it calls for nothing less than the end of both sociology and politics. For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now. Published one year after Forget Foucault, In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities (1978) may be the most important sociopolitical manifesto of the twentieth century: it calls for nothing less than the end of both sociology and politics. Published one year after Forget Foucault, In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities (1978) may be the most important sociopolitical manifesto of the twentieth century: it calls for nothing less than the end of both sociology and politics. Learn how to enable JavaScript on your browser, In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities available in This silence is unbearable. It aims at the mass silence, the masses in their silence. Published one year after Forget Foucault, In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities (1978) may be the most important sociopolitical manifesto of the twentieth century: it calls for nothing less than the end of both sociology and politics. 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