In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities Or The End of the Social

Ironically, sociologist Jean Baudrillard uses this last outburst of ideological terrorism in Europe to showcase the end of the ‘social.’ Once invoked by Marx as the motor of history, the masses have no more sociological ‘reality.’ ...

Author: Jean Baudrillard

Publisher: Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents


Category: Philosophy

Page: 130

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"Published one year after Forget Foucault, In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities (1983 ; originally published in French in 1978) challenges political representation, mediation and dialectics. It probably is the most important socio-political manifesto of the 20th century (parallel to The Communist Manifesto), because it brought both sociology and politics to rest. Disenfranchized revolutionaries (Red Brigades, Baader-Meinhof) hoped to reach them directly through spectacular actions, but their message merely played in to the hands of the media and the State. In a media society meaning has no meaning anymore, communication merely communicates itself. Ironically, sociologist Jean Baudrillard uses this last outburst of ideological terrorism in Europe to showcase the end of the ‘social.’ Once invoked by Marx as the motor of history, the masses have no more sociological ‘reality.’ In the electronic media society, all the masses can do is merely enjoy the spectacle ; they actively resist any meaning and any injunction by their inherent inertia. In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities takes to its ultimate conclusion the ‘end of ideologies’ experienced in Europe after the Soviet invasion of Hungary and the demise of revolutionary illusions after May 1968. Ideological terrorism doesn’t represent anything anymore, not even itself. It is just the last hysterical reaction to discredited political illusions."--pub. desc.

Inventing the Silent Majority in Western Europe and the United States

The silent majority represented all that “The Thing” was not: upright, white, and
with the determination to take on the forces of disorder wherever they ... 37 Jean
Baudrillard, In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities (New York, 1983), 19 and 4–5.

Author: Anna von der Goltz

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107165423

Category: History

Page: 422

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For historians of social movements, this text explores 1960s and 1970s conservative political activism in the US and Western Europe.

Terminal Identity

25 If Miller does not locate the apathy of the public as a form of positive social
resistance , as Baudrillard does in In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities , then
neither does he exhort the citizens to “ do their part ” and vote . In Miller's writing ,
as ...

Author: Scott Bukatman

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822313403

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 404

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Scott Bukatman's Terminal Identity—referring to both the site of the termination of the conventional "subject" and the birth of a new subjectivity constructed at the computer terminal or television screen--puts to rest any lingering doubts of the significance of science fiction in contemporary cultural studies. Demonstrating a comprehensive knowledge, both of the history of science fiction narrative from its earliest origins, and of cultural theory and philosophy, Bukatman redefines the nature of human identity in the Information Age. Drawing on a wide range of contemporary theories of the postmodern—including Fredric Jameson, Donna Haraway, and Jean Baudrillard—Bukatman begins with the proposition that Western culture is suffering a crisis brought on by advanced electronic technologies. Then in a series of chapters richly supported by analyses of literary texts, visual arts, film, video, television, comics, computer games, and graphics, Bukatman takes the reader on an odyssey that traces the postmodern subject from its current crisis, through its close encounters with technology, and finally to new self-recognition. This new "virtual subject," as Bukatman defines it, situates the human and the technological as coexistent, codependent, and mutally defining. Synthesizing the most provocative theories of postmodern culture with a truly encyclopedic treatment of the relevant media, this volume sets a new standard in the study of science fiction—a category that itself may be redefined in light of this work. Bukatman not only offers the most detailed map to date of the intellectual terrain of postmodern technology studies—he arrives at new frontiers, providing a propitious launching point for further inquiries into the relationship of electronic technology and culture.

Marshall McLuhan Theoretical elaborations

Thus in In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities he rejects the notion that a new
source of revolutionary energy can be found in “ micro - desires , small
differences , unconscious practices , anonymous marginalities . ” In a sweeping
gesture , he ...

Author: Gary Genosko

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780415321716

Category: Cybernetics

Page: 1093

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This collection contains key critical essays and assessments of the writings of Canadian communications thinker Marshall McLuhan selected from the voluminous output of the past forty years. McLuhan's famous aphorisms and uncanny ability to sense megatrends are once again in circulation across and beyond the disciplines. Since his untimely death in 1980, McLuhan's ideas have been rediscovered and redeployed with urgency in the age of information and cybernation.Together the three volumes organise and present some forty years of indispensable critical works for readers and researchers of the McLuhan legacy. The set includes critical introductions to each section by the editor.Forthcoming titles in this series include Walter Benjamin (0-415-32533-1) December 2004, 3 vols, Theodor Adorno (0-415-30464-4) April 2005, 4 vols and Jean-Francois Lyotard (0-415-33819-0) 2005, 3 vols.

Shows of Force

Tracing the Silhouettes from the Shadow of the Silent Majorities Guy Debord in
his Society of the Spectacle argued over twenty years ago that the substance of
modern life is , in fact , essentially “ insubstantial ” as society has become a
collage ...

Author: Timothy W. Luke

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822311232

Category: Art

Page: 250

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It has long been considered a mark of naïveté to ask of a work of art: What does it say? But as Timothy W. Luke demonstrates in Shows of Force, artwork is capable of saying plenty, and much of the message resides in the way it is exhibited. By critically examining the exhibition of art in contemporary American museums, Luke identifies how art showings are elaborate works of theater that reveal underlying political, social, and economic agendas. The first section, “Envisioning a Past, Imagining the West,” looks at art exhibitions devoted to artworks about or from the American West. Luke shows how these exhibitions—displaying nineteenth- and early-twentieth century works by artists such as George Caleb Bingham, Frederic Remington, Frederic Edwin Church, and Georgia O’Keefe—express contemporary political agendas in the way the portray “the past” and shape new visions of “the West.” In “Developing the Present, Defining a World,” Luke considers artists from the post-1945 era, including Ilya Kabokov, Hans Haacke, Sue Coe, Roger Brown, and Robert Longo. Recent art exhibits, his analysis reveals, attempt to develop politically charged conceptions of the present, which in turn struggle to define the changing contemporary world and art’s various roles within it. Luke brings to light the contradictions encoded in the exhibition of art and, in doing so, illuminates the political realities and cultural ideologies of the present. Shows of Force offers a timely and surely controversial contribution to current discussions of the politics of exhibiting art.

The Silent Majority Speech

... to a silent majority, he would forever be associated with the term, which Donald
Trump so effectively resurrected in 2015. Whether they liked it or not, Americans
in the twenty-first century continued to live under Richard Nixon's shadow.

Author: Scott Laderman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351858947

Category: History

Page: 182

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The "Silent Majority" Speech treats Richard Nixon’s address of November 3, 1969, as a lens through which to examine the latter years of the Vietnam War and their significance to U.S. global power and American domestic life. The book uses Nixon’s speech – which introduced the policy of "Vietnamization" and cited the so-called bloodbath theory as a justification for continued U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia – as a fascinating moment around which to build an analysis of the last years of the war. For Nixon’s strategy to be successful, he requested the support of what he called the "great silent majority," a term that continues to resonate in American political culture. Scott Laderman moves beyond the war’s final years to address the administration’s hypocritical exploitation of moral rhetoric and its stoking of social divisiveness to achieve policy aims. Laderman explores the antiwar and pro-war movements, the shattering of the liberal consensus, and the stirrings of the right-wing resurgence that would come to define American politics. Supplemental primary sources make this book an ideal tool for introducing students to historical research. The "Silent Majority" Speech is critical reading for those studying American political history and U.S.–Asian/Southeast Asian relations.

The Argentine Silent Majority

The shadow of Rucci's head reflected at the bottom of the drawing had the shape
of a revolver (see figure 5.49). 169 Another talented humorist, Roberto
Fontanarrosa, also devoted some ofhis cartoons to the political violence of the

Author: Sebastián Carassai

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822376571

Category: History

Page: 376

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In The Argentine Silent Majority, Sebastián Carassai focuses on middle-class culture and politics in Argentina from the end of the 1960s. By considering the memories and ideologies of middle-class Argentines who did not get involved in political struggles, he expands thinking about the era to the larger society that activists and direct victims of state terror were part of and claimed to represent. Carassai conducted interviews with 200 people, mostly middle-class non-activists, but also journalists, politicians, scholars, and artists who were politically active during the 1970s. To account for local differences, he interviewed people from three sites: Buenos Aires; Tucumán, a provincial capital rocked by political turbulence; and Correa, a small town which did not experience great upheaval. He showed the middle-class non-activists a documentary featuring images and audio of popular culture and events from the 1970s. In the end Carassai concludes that, during the years of la violencia, members of the middle-class silent majority at times found themselves in agreement with radical sectors as they too opposed military authoritarianism but they never embraced a revolutionary program such as that put forward by the guerrilla groups or the most militant sectors of the labor movement.

Jean Baudrillard

(English version, 1983, In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities: Or, the End of the
Social and Other Essays, trans. Paul Foss,Paul Patton and John Johnston,New
York: Semiotext(e).) Thisis oneof Baudrillard's booksthatappearedinthe NewYork

Author: Richard J. Lane

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134026072

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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Jean Baudrillard is one of the most controversial theorists of our time, famous for his claim that the Gulf War never happened and for his provocative writing on terrorism, specifically 9/11. This new and fully updated second edition includes: an introduction to Baudrillard’s key works and theories such as simulation and hyperreality coverage of Baudrillard’s later work on the question of postmodernism a new chapter on Baudrillard and terrorism engagement with architecture and urbanism through the Utopie group a look at the most recent applications of Baudrillard’s ideas. Richard J. Lane offers a comprehensive introduction to this complex and fascinating theorist, also examining the impact that Baudrillard has had on literary studies, media and cultural studies, sociology, philosophy and postmodernism.

Jean Baudrillard Art and Artefact

... it is only by remembering the lessons he has to teach us that we might forget
him. In order to try to make some of this clearer, we might give here a more
detailed interpretation of one of Baudrillard's texts, In the Shadow of the Silent
Majorities ...

Author: Nicholas Zurbrugg, B.A, D.Phil

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781446230572

Category: Photographic criticism

Page: 208

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This bookoffers a major reappraisal of Jean Baudrillard's thoughts on the image, radical illusion and media culture. Here for the first time, through a number of highly accessible interviews and recent essays, Baudrillard introduces what he calls the stunning clarity' of the photographic, and fascinatingly outlines his present thoughts on urban reality, aesthetics, virtual reality and new media technologies, in the light of his practice as a photographer. The book is illustrated with eight colour plates of Baudrillard's photographs and includes a number of provocative and illuminating responses to his recent writings from noted Baudrillard scholars. It also includes a definitive bibliography of critical responses to Baudrillard's writings on media culture, art and photography.

Sociology in Perspective

In his book In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities ; or , The End of the Social , he
paints a picture of the contemporary audience as a silent , uninterested ,
apolitical mass , interested only in seeking media representations of the social ,
and not ...

Author: Mark Kirby

Publisher: Heinemann

ISBN: 9780435331603

Category: Sociology

Page: 831

View: 309

This text, specifically for AQA specifications, is designed to be easy and encouraging for students to use. The book contains updated material and activities together with a new chapter on study skills. It also indicates clearly where activities meet the new evidence requirements for key skills.

Baudrillard RLE Social Theory

perhaps that Marx himself was in this sense in the shadow of the masses, which
is where Baudrillard wants to be: close to the ... A strategy of silence (the silent
majority) is not the only strategy of the masses and this is recognised explicitly by

Author: Mike Gane

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317652479

Category: Social Science

Page: 250

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Baudrillard is widely recognised as a powerful new force in cultural and social criticism, and is often referred to as the ‘High Priest of Postmodernism’. This study presents a detached assessment of his social thought and his reputation, challenging the way his work has been received in postmodernism and proposing a new reading of his contribution to social theory. Using many sources currently available only in French, Mike Gane provides the keys to understanding Baudrillard’s project and reveals the extent and scope of Baudrillard’s challenge to modern social theory and cultural criticism. He looks at the sources of Baudrillard’s ideas, analysing how Baudrillard has turned these sources against themselves. He describes Baudrillard’s dramatic encounter with critical Marxist theory and psychoanalysis, showing how Baudrillard’s post-Marxist writings define, through the exploration of fatal theory, a new episode in cultural history: a period of cultural implosion. This balanced account of Baudrillard’s social theory emphasises the originality of his work and argues that his significance can only be understood by grasping the paradoxes of his project – Baudrillard’s work is poetic, yet, at the same time, critical and fatal.

Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory

... media technologies (protheses) by human beings without shadows, a topic
explored in The Illusion ofthe End (1992). ... the Shadow of the Silent Majorities (
1978) and by drawing on an antiproductivist conception ofago— nistic, senseless
, ...

Author: Michael Groden

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 1421407051

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 536

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Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory: The Johns Hopkins Guide is a clear, accessible, and detailed overview of the most important thinkers and topics in the field. Written by specialists from across disciplines, its entries cover contemporary theory from Adorno to Žižek, providing an informative and reliable introduction to a vast, challenging area of inquiry. Materials include newly commissioned articles along with essays drawn from The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism, known as the definitive resource for students and scholars of literary theory and for philosophical reflection on literature and culture.

Global Communications International Affairs and the Media Since 1945

6 Hamid Mowlana, 'Toward a NWICO for the Twenty-First Century', Journal of
International Affairs, vol. 47, Summer 1993, no. 1, p. 59. 7 J.Baudrillard, In the
Shadow of the Silent Majorities, or, The End of the Social and other essays, trans.

Author: Philip Taylor

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134818068

Category: History

Page: 272

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In Global Communications, International Affairs and the Media since 1945 , Philip M. Taylor traces the increased involvement of the media in issues of peace and especially war from the nineteenth century to the present day. He analyzes the nature, role and impact of communications within the international arena since 1945 and how communications interacts with foreign policy in practice rather than in theory. Using studies which include the Gul War and Vietnam, Taylor details the contemporary problems reporting while at the same time providing a comprehensive historical context.

Critical Digital Studies

4 Jean Baudrillard, 'The Masses: The Implosion of the Social in the Media,' New
Literary History 16/3 (1985): 577–89; Jean Baudrillard, Simulations (New York:
Semiotext(e), 1983); Jean Baudrillard, In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities or .

Author: Arthur Kroker

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442666714

Category: Social Science

Page: 624

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Since its initial publication, Critical Digital Studies has proven an indispensable guide to understanding digitally mediated culture. Bringing together the leading scholars in this growing field, internationally renowned scholars Arthur and Marilouise Kroker present an innovative and interdisciplinary survey of the relationship between humanity and technology. The reader offers a study of our digital future, a means of understanding the world with new analytic tools and means of communication that are defining the twenty-first century. The second edition includes new essays on the impact of social networking technologies and new media. A new section – “New Digital Media” – presents important, new articles on topics including hacktivism in the age of digital power and the relationship between gaming and capitalism. The extraordinary range and depth of the first edition has been maintained in this new edition. Critical Digital Studies will continue to provide the leading edge to readers wanting to understand the complex intersection of digital culture and human knowledge.

Jean Baudrillard

... Forget Foucault: Forget Baudrillard. Trans. P. Beitchman, N. Dufresne, L.
Hildreth and M. Polizzotti. New York: Semiotext(e). [FF] Baudrillard, J. (1983 [
1978]) In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities or The End of the Social and Other

Author: David B. Clarke

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134040717

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 653

Jean Baudrillard was one of the most influential, radical, and visionary thinkers of our age. His ideas have had a profound bearing on countless fields, from art and politics to science and technology. Once hailed as the high priest of postmodernity, Baudrillard’s sophisticated theoretical analyses far surpass such simplistic caricatures. Bringing together Baudrillard’s most accomplished and perceptive commentators, this book assesses his legacy for the twenty-first century. It includes two outstanding essays by Baudrillard: a remarkable, previously unpublished work entitled ‘The vanishing point of communication,’ and one of Baudrillard’s final texts, ‘On disappearance’, a veritable tour de force that serves as a culmination of his theoretical trajectory and a provocation to a new generation of thinkers. Employing Baudrillard’s key concepts, such as simulation, disappearance, and symbolic exchange, and deploying his most radical strategies, such as escalation, seduction, and fatality, the volume’s contributors offer a series of thought-provoking analyses of everything from art to politics, and from laughter to terror. It will be essential reading for anyone concerned with the fate of the world in the new millennium.

The Future of Political Community

Baker, G. and Chandler, D. (eds) (2005) Global Civil Society: contested futures,
London: Routledge. Baudrillard, J. (1983) In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities,
New York: Semiotext(e). —— (1987) Forget Foucault, New York: Semiotext(e).

Author: Gideon Baker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134033354

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

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This book explores the alternative futures of political community and moves beyond the critique of what is wrong with existing, state-based forms of political community. It does so not with the defence of a particular normative model of political community in mind, but rather in the quest for new ways of thinking about political community itself. Exploring how the political must be rethought in the twenty-first century and beyond, this book is divided into three parts: Part I focuses on the core problem that, despite the obvious need to rethink political community ‘beyond’ the nation state, our conceptual language is still thoroughly shaped by modernity, its prioritisation of the state and sovereignty, and its assumption of unifying progress in history. Part II focuses on postmodern political community, these chapters take up the calls made above for new thinking about political community that goes ‘beyond’ modern conceptions. Part III turns to the question of the emergence and decline of new forms of political community. The purpose of this section is to consider how the transformation of political community occurs in practice, and what the primary driver of this change is globally, locally and historically. This book will be of strong interest to students and scholars of International Relations, Political and Social Theory.

Post Fandom and the Millennial Blues

Barclay, Patrick (1993) aA Family atWar in theLand ofHype and Glory«, The
Observer, 20 June. Baudrillard, Jean (1983) In the Shadow of the Silent
Majorities, New York: Semiotext(e). Baudrillard,Jean (1987), The Evil Demon of
Images, ...

Author: Steve Redhead

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134821131

Category: Social Science

Page: 176

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Soccer fandom has traditionally been seen as an important part of adolescent, generally male, identity making. In Post-Fandom and the Millennial Blues , Steve Redhead shows how this tradition of youth culture of fandom has been eroded in the last years of the twentieth century by the more fleeting, style conscious allegiances inspired by television, films and music. The clubs that young people follow are determined by advertising and popular music; the games that they watch are brought to them by the globalized culture of television, as in the world cup staged in America; even their fears of so-called soccer hooliganism are determined by media-engendered moral panics at a time when the phenomenon itself seems to be dying away.

This Is Not a President

... I was finally able to appreciate the two little semiotexte books by Jean
Baudrillard (Simulations and In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities) sent to me by
an enthusiastic Yale student of mine, now a professor of German at Princeton.

Author: Diane Rubenstein

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814776205

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 299

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Read The Chronicle of Higher Ed Author Interview In This Is Not a President, Diane Rubenstein looks at the postmodern presidency — from Reagan and George H. W. Bush, through the current administration, and including Hillary. Focusing on those seemingly inexplicable gaps or blind spots in recent American presidential politics, Rubenstein interrogates symptomatic moments in political rhetoric, popular culture, and presidential behavior to elucidate profound and disturbing changes in the American presidency and the way it embodies a national imaginary. In a series of essays written in real time over the past four presidential administrations, Rubenstein traces the vernacular use of the American presidency (as currency, as grist for popular biography, as fictional TV material) to explore the ways in which the American presidency functions as a “transitional object” that allows the American citizen to meet or discover the president while going about her everyday life. The book argues that it is French theory — primarily Lacanian psychoanalysis and the radical semiotic theories of Jean Baudrillard — that best accounts for American political life today. Through episodes as diverse as Iran Contra, George H. W. Bush vomiting in Japan, the 1992 Republican convention, the failed nomination of Lani Guinier, and the Iraq War, This Is Not a President brilliantly situates our collective investment in American political culture.