Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Baudrillard and the pornographic

“We no longer partake in the drama of alienation, but are in the ecstasy of communication. And this ecstasy is obscene. Obscene is that which eliminates the gaze, the image and every representation. Obscenity is not confined to sexuality, because today there is a pornography of information and communication, a pornography of circuits and networks, of functions and objects in their legibility, availability, regulation, forced signification, capacity to perform, connection, polyvalence, their free expression”. [1]

“The entire universe also unfolds on your home screen. This is a microscopic pornography, pornographic because it is forced, exaggerated, just like the close-up of sexual acts in a porno film. All this destroys the stage, once preserved through a minimal distance and which was based on a secret ritual known only to its actors”. [2]

[1] Baudrillard, The Ecstasy of Communication, 26-27.

[2] Baudrillard, The Ecstasy of Communication, 26.

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