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Telemorphosis

2012
Author:

Jean Baudrillard
Translated by Drew S. Burk
Distributed for Univocal Publishing

Telemorphosis

The pervasiveness of screenification in contemporary culture

In one of his last texts, Telemorphosis, renowned thinker and antiphilosopher Jean Baudrillard takes on the task of thinking and reflecting on the coming digital media architectures of the social. While “the social” may have never existed, according to Baudrillard, his analysis at the beginning of the twenty-first century of the coming social media–networked cultures cannot be ignored.

The art of living today has shifted to a continuous state of the experimental. In one of his last texts, Telemorphosis, renowned thinker and antiphilosopher Jean Baudrillard takes on the task of thinking and reflecting on the coming digital media architectures of the social. While “the social” may have never existed, according to Baudrillard, his analysis at the beginning of the twenty-first century of the coming social media–networked cultures cannot be ignored. One need not look far before finding oneself snared within some sort of screenification of a techno-social community. “What the most radical critical critique, the most subversive delirious imagination, what no Situationist drift could have done . . . television has done.” Collective reality has entered a realm of telemorphosis.

Telemorphosis

Jean Baudrillard was a French philosopher and cultural theorist best known for his work on simulation and hyperreality.

Drew S. Burk is a cultural theorist and translator of contemporary French philosophy.

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