Introduction: 'There is No Theory of the Media': Baudrillard and Media Studies
1. Television is Killing the Art of Symbolic Exchange: Baudrillard's Theory of Communication
2. To Play With Phantoms: The Evil Demon of the Simulacrum
3. Are Friends Electric?: Baudrillard's Critique of McLuhan
4. The Delirious Spectacle of the Non-Event
5. Shreds of War Rotting in the Desert
6. 'Total Screen': 9/11 and The Gulf War: Reloaded
7. 'The Matrix Has You': Virtuality and Social Control
8. 'The Saving Power': The 'Reflex Miracle' of Photography
Conclusion: 'Speculation to the Death': Baudrillard's Theoretical Violence
‘William Merrin has written a significant and original book that will transform conventional understandings of Jean Baudrillard’s alleged "postmodern" media theory. His radical Durkheimian interpretation, critique and conclusions will be seriously debated in media and communications studies and deserved so. Baudrillard and the Media is essential reading for anyone interested in Baudrillard or contemporary theories of media and simulation, symbolic exchange and semiotics.’ –John Armitage, Northumbria University
- The first critical study of Jean Baudrillard’s media theory and the place of his thinking in media studies.
- Baudrillard is a highly trendy thinker but one whose work can be obscure and densely theoretical, and this book makes accessible for the first time his most controversial and talked about theories for undergraduate students.
- Employs a vast range of contemporary examples, from 9/11 and the wars in Afghan and Iraq to The Matrix.
- Explains the complex ideas and theories in Baudrillard’s works in a clear and jargon-free manner.
- Offers an overview and evaluation of the key arguments and themes in Baudrillard’s works, clearly situating these within the wider field of media theory.