The BBC is reporting that Jean Baudrillard passed away today. Damn.
I first read Baudrillard’s “The Persian Gulf War and Other Fictions” as a starry-eyed undergrad and it totally blew my mind. He’s always been the least esoteric of post-structuralist theorists for me, and in many ways, the most important. Through Baudrillard I came to understand some of the nuances in Debord, Marx and Plato; through him, I also developed a deeper appreciation for the necessity in examining contemporary events. His work on 9/11 is certainly provocative, but his theories of simulation are seminal.
This one hurts.