By Jean Baudrillard
Released three hundred and sixty five days after fail to remember Foucault, within the Shadow of the Silent Majorities (1978) could be the most vital sociopolitical manifesto of the 20th century: it demands not anything below the top of either sociology and politics. Disenfranchised revolutionaries (the pink Brigades, the Baader-Meinhof Gang) was hoping to arrive the loads without delay via staggering activities, yet their message simply performed into the fingers of the media and the kingdom. In a media society which means has no that means anymore; conversation only communicates itself. Jean Baudrillard makes use of this final outburst of ideological terrorism in Europe to show off the top of the "Social." as soon as invoked by way of Marx because the motor of background, the loads no longer have sociological truth. within the digital media society, all of the plenty can do--and all they'll do--is benefit from the spectacle. within the Shadow of the Silent Majorities takes to its final end the "end of ideologies" skilled in Europe after the Soviet invasion of Hungary and the demise of innovative illusions after may well 1968. Ideological terrorism does not signify whatever anymore, writes Baudrillard, no longer even itself. it is only the final hysterical response to discredited political illusions.
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It is in this sense, in the sense in which they are precisely anybody, that they are the predestined victims of terrorism. It is in this sense, or rather in this defiance of sense, that the terrorist act is akin to the natural catastrophe. There is no difference between an earthquake in Guatemala and the hijacking of a Lufthansa ,Boeing with three hundred passengers on board, between the "natural" intervention and 56 In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities the "human" terrorist intervention. Nature is terrorist, as is the abrupt failure of the whole technological system: the great New York blackouts ('65 and '77) create more wonderful terrorist situations than the true ones, dream situations.
And not by some death drive, which implies tnat life is still on the side of meaning, but quite simply by defiance, by an allergy to reference, to the message, to the code and to every category of the linguistic enterprise, by a repudiation of all this in favor of imploding the sign in fascination (no longer any signifier or signified: absorption of the poles of signification). None of the guardians of meaning 36 In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities can understand this: the whole morality of meaning rises up against fascination.
It has merely taken other forms than the primitive and violent ones which were subsequently absorbed (the social is alive and well, thank you, only idiots run away from writing and vaccination and the benefits of security). Those frontal resistances still corres- 41 Jean Baudrillard ponded to an equally frontal and violent period of socialisation, and carne from traditional groups seeking to preserve their own culture, their original cultures. It was not the mass in them which resisted, but, on the contrary, differentiated structures, in opposition to the homogeneous and abstract model of the social.
In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities (Semiotext(e) Foreign Agents) by Jean Baudrillard