The PDF file you selected should load here if your Web browser has a PDF reader plug-in installed (for example, a recent version of Adobe Acrobat Reader). In this, his most important collection of essays since Le systeme des objets, Jean Baudrillard contemplates Western culture “after the orgy”—the orgy, that is. “Postmodern sociologist-prophet Jean Baudrillard examines the legacy of the s, Working through these contemporary riddles, The Transparency of Evil .

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Refresh and try again. The Transparency of Evil Quotes Showing of Today it is the only way we have of feeling that we are somewhere. At home, surrounded by information, by screens, I am no longer anywhere, but rather everywhere in the world at once, in the midst of a universal banality – a banality that is the same in every country.


To arrive in a new city, or in a new language, is suddenly to find oneself here and nowhere tranxparency. The body rediscovers how to look.

Delivered from images, it rediscovers the imagination. Essays in Extreme Phenomena.

When everything is political, nothing is political anymore, the word itself is meaningless. When everything is sexual, nothing is sexual any more, and sex loses its determinants.

The Transparency of Evil by Jean Baudrillard

When everything is aesthetic, nothing is beautiful or ugly any more, and art itself disappears. Media images and media texts resemble media images in every way never fall silent: But silence is exactly that – a blip in the circuitry, that minor catastrophe, that slip which, on television for instance, becomes highly meaningful – a break laden now with anxiety, now with jubilation, which confirms the fact that all this communication is basically nothing but a rigid script, an uninterrupted fiction designed to free us not only from the void of the television screen but equally from the void of our own mental screen, whose images we wait on with the same fascination.


Since it is no longer possible to base any claim on one’s own existence, there is nothing for it but to perform an appearing act without concerning oneself with being – or even with being seen.

So it is not: I exist, I am here! I am visible, I am an image -look! At the fractal stage there is no longer any equivalence, whether natural or general.

The Transparency of Evil by Jean Baudrillard | Book review | Books | The Guardian

Properly speaking there is now no law of value, merely a sort of epidemic of value, a sort of general metastasis of value, a haphazard proliferation and dispersal of value. Indeed, we should really no longer speak of ‘value’ at all, for this kind of propagation or chain reaction makes all valuation possible. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.