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By Jean Baudrillard

“The selection of wild, frequently hilarious postcards from his journey to the United States comprises a few of the year’s most unique and lovely writing.”—New Statesman and Society

In this, his such a lot obtainable and evocative publication, France’s major thinker of postmodernism takes to the freeways in a set of traveler’s stories from the land of hyperreality.

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Everything here still bears the marks of a primitive society: technologies, the media, total simulation (bio-, socio-, stereo-, video-) are developing in a wild state, in their original state. Insignificance exists on a grand scale and the desert remains the primal scene, even in the big cities. Inordinate space, a simplicity of language and character. . My hunting grounds are the deserts, the mountains, Los Angeles, the freeways, the Safeways, the ghost towns, or the downtowns, not lectures at the university.

Paradise. But a very slight modification, a change of just a few degrees, would suffice to make it seem like hell. A new development in the field of sexuality. e. both one’s ‘look’ and its genetic formula. People no longer oscillate between desire and its fulfilment, but between their genetic formula and their sexual identity (to be discovered). This is a new erotic culture. ’ — The door has to be locked, the lights have to be out, and my mother has to be in another State’), this is a culture based on the questioning of one’s own definition: ‘Am I sexed?

He has to attain the ecstasy of fatigue, the ‘high’ of mechanical annihilation, just as the anorexic aims for the ‘high’ of organic annihilation, the ecstasy of the emptybody and the obese individual seeks the high of dimensional annihilation: the ecstasy of the full body. The latest obsession of American public opinion: the sexual abuse of children. There is now a law that two people must be present when very young children are being handled for fear of unverifiable sexual abuse. At the same time, supermarket carrier bags are adorned with the portraits of missing children.

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