By Kim Toffoletti
Jean Baudrillard has been a different highbrow voice in lots of of the most important debates and matters dealing with an more and more globalised, media-driven global. Baudrillard Reframed deals these operating with Baudrillard's principles an available evaluation of his better-known arguments, in addition to extending past them to seriously interact along with his radical notions of phantasm, singularity and the deadly. Kim Toffoletti surveys the information of this influential - usually provocative - French philosopher as they relate to today's image-saturated setting. She demonstrates their relevance to analysing modern visible phenomena resembling advertisements, images, truth television, style, artwork, pornography and digital truth. Baudrillard's key topics and arguments are illustrated via a number of visible works, from the graffiti paintings of Banksy, Katharine Hanett's protest t-shirts, to Sophie Calle's images.
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