America review: Baudrillard’s roadtrip through banality

The French provocateur is a maestro of poetic sentences that don’t mean anything

Jean Baudrillard: “There is nothing more mysterious than a TV set left on in an empty room.”

Jean Baudrillard: “There is nothing more mysterious than a TV set left on in an empty room.”

America (1986)
Jean Baudrillard
Translated by Chris Turner

Everybody knows that the best philosophers write like novelists and the best novelists write like philosophers. Jean Baudrillard wrote at the event horizon where postmodern theory and science-fiction become indistinguishable. Fittingly, the Wachowskis even asked him to appear in a sequel to The Matrix. Baudrillard declined, claiming that The Matrix was exactly the kind of film the Matrix would make about the Matrix.

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