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The Gulf War Did Not Take Place is a collection of three short essays by Jean Baudrillard published in the French newspaper Libération and British paper The . View latest Jean Baudrillard’s Documents. Jean Baudrillard’s Documents. Home · Jean Baudrillard’s La guerra del Golfo no ha tenido lugar. Read more. La guerra del Golfo no ha tenido lugar / Jean Baudrillard ; traducción de Thomas Kauf.

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We will never know what an American taking part with a chance of being beaten would have been like. Jean Baudrillard was a French sociologist, philosopher, cultural theorist, political commentator, and photographer.

Sep 22, Michael Palkowski rated it it was ok. Confronted by a hysteric, the other becomes paranoid, he deploys a massive apparatus of protection and mistrust. We do not have the means to re-establish the cel.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. These are essays originally published to be stand alone in magazines, so they read really awkwardly. Open Preview See a Problem? Baudrillard made a couple of solid points in an un-solid manner; it seemed that the author of the introduction explained Baudrillard’s points better than himself. Baudrillard argued the Gulf War was not really a war, but rather an atrocity which masqueraded as a war.

May 07, vi macdonald rated it it was amazing Shelves: The hysteric is irreducible.

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This has been suggested by other network theorists in sociology but despite the multifarious channels and saturation of images and information, our ‘desensitization’ hasn’t led to a lack of understanding of truth but merely a skepticism involved in accepting what is true, with the need for greater and longer analysis. Instead the media presented images of the war which told a very specific narrative of the events unfolding, it simulated a reality which didn’t take place on the battlefield and censored the images of the actual reality which was unfolding which was the bloodshed, despair and suffering.


I thought this book was largely but not quite entirely provocative nonsense. His thesis is definitely something that appears truthful on the surface, especially if you reflect on the Gulf of Tonkin incident, preluding the Vietnam war, which was completely staged.

What Baudrillard means when he says that “the Gulf War did not take place” isn’t to imply that people didn’t die, acts of courage did not happen or that the war didn’t do any good. No trivia or quizzes yet. The hysteric cannot be crushed: Thought provoking examination about what war is designed to accomplish in the post-Cold War world.

The Gulf War Did Not Take Place

The closely watched media presentations made it impossible to distinguish between the experience of what truly happened in the conflict, and its stylized, selective misrepresentation through simulacra. The media sometimes used those images in their stories and bulletins thus disavowing the control of the military apparatus. Return to Book Page.

Chris rated it really liked it Jun 05, Now, if he’d said “The lack of a clearly defined declaration makes a clearly defined end very difficult, and the successors to Saddam’s regime will have to deal with insurgents for a very long time” he’d have made a good point and been proved right by recent events. Oddly enough I recently came across a not-too-bad, positive review of this book in the National Review.

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Although he offers useful concepts and tools by suggesting that real events become contaminated by “the structural unreality of images” and applications of his hyper-reality thesis, his methodology paralyzes and leaves you catatonic without any way out as he states himself: But he doesn’t do anything of the sort.

A war enclosed in a glass coffin, like Snow White, purged of any carnal contamination or warrior’s teniod. Being polemical with reality is fine but denying that anything and everything that you write doesn’t have to have any relationship to evidence is a horrible precedent to set. And to use the phrase ” Obviously, the title assumes something that is just not so, meaning, the gulf war DID take place.


When a Kuwaiti friend of mine saw the book in my room he commented “ohh really, thats not what I thought when I lived in Kuwait during the war. Thus, the fighting “did not really take place” from the point of view of the West. If anything his thesis works better with wars that we have no footage of because they are assembled by the narrators of history. Jun 13, Adam rated it it was amazing. His almost poetic writing style is the perfect form of delivery for this type of novel, as it is articulate and clear, yet ironic and suspenseful.

In Jean Baudrillard’s words, “The very definition of the real has become: I liked reading about the topic of this book and philosophical ideas behind it better than reading the actual book. Feb 23, Peter Heft rated it really liked it.

His sentiment that this isn’t a ‘war’ in the traditional sense is also true, shared gokfo Bill Hicks at the time. And, with the complicity of Gorbachev, he almost succeeded in fucking him up the ass.

It is like those characters in Ggolfo Bosch with a glass bell or a soap bubble around their head as a sign of their mental debility. We will never know what an Iraqi taking part with a chance of fighting would have been like.