Carnival and Cannibal, or, The Play of Global Antagonism by Jean Baudrillard. London/New York: Seagull Books (distributed by University of Chicago Press). Carnival and Cannibal, or, The Play of Global Antagonism by Jean Baudrillard. London/New York: Seagull Books (distributed by University of. Title. Carnival and cannibal: Ventriloquous evil / Jean Baudrillard ; translated by Chris Turner. Uniform Title. Carnaval et cannibale. English. Also Titled.
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World literature in translation. Chronicling the Human Condition. We have here the great parade of a culture in the grip of a profusion of resources and offering itself for its own consumption, with mass consumerism and the consumption of all possible goods merely providing the most current form of this self-devouring.
It is all a great collective spectacle, in which the West decks itself out not only in the spoils of all the other cultures—in its museums, fashions and art—but also in the spoils of its own culture.
And, indeed, art fully plays its role in this turn of events: If all the people decked out in the signs of whiteness and with all the exotic technologies are at the same time the living parody of these things, a deriding of them, this is because these things are quite simply laughable, but we can no longer see it.
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It is when they extend to the global level that universal baurdillard are revealed as a swindle. If there was an original—historical and Western—event of modernity, we have exhausted all its consequences and it has taken a fatal, farcical turn for us ourselves.
When the Blacks attempt to whiten themselves, they are merely the distorted mirror of the negrification of the Whites, baudrlilard from the outset by their own mastery.
For Western culture does not, in any sense, triumph: It has carnivalized itself, super-adding to this the absurdity of setting up, at enormous expense, the global museum of the cheap finery of all cultures.
It is the whole of whiteness that buries blackness beneath the features of Carnival. And it is the whole of blackness that absorbs whiteness beneath the features of the Cannibal.
Cannibalization against carnivalization—it seems as though the entire species has, by an immense anthropological sideslip, strayed off into this masquerade. This is the paradox of universal values: Ultimately, modern Western culture should never have stepped outside its own order where it constituted a kind of singularity.
But that was not an option; it could not escape this violent extrapolation because it already bore its own denial—and, at badrillard same time, its own universal assertion—within itself.
We are now seeing the backwash of this immense development in the form of an accelerated decomposition of the universal. And globalization is merely the theatre of this decomposition—of this farce consecutive upon history.
In this, one of his final works, Baudrillard identifies two fatal modes in which the world is currently engaged: Revisiting his most important concepts—such as reversibility, simulation, parody, and symbolic exchange—through the exploration of these two dominant modes, Baudrillard delivers a blistering diagnosis bzudrillard globalization, as inflicted on the world by the richer nations.
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Carnival and Cannibal by Jean Baudrillard We have here the great parade of a culture in the grip of a profusion of resources and offering itself for its own consumption, with mass consumerism and the consumption of all possible goods merely providing the most current form of this self-devouring.