Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007)

Jean Baudrillard dies (March 6, 2007)... even though I did not read as much of his work as I perhaps should have, his influence on my thinking about the interchangeability of media and everyday life, as well as his impact on my teaching of introductory classes in media, culture & society is profound. This morning I tried to do justice to his ideas by presenting an older lecture on Baudrillard and The Matrix movie trilogy - but I got stuck in my own miserable rhetorical attempt at what I find the most inspiring and passionate call to arms of any 20th century social theorist:

"theoretical violence, not truth, is the only recourse left to us."