There are so very many reasons that I haven’t posted in a week:
- I was out of town
- It’s spring break, and blogging is a lot like work
- I’ve been busy busy with search committees, pilot projects, and classes
- I can’t find a sofa that I like to replace the one that I have
- My dog ate my homework
You get the idea. All of these pale in comparison, however, to an excellent excuse for not blogging: mourning the passing of Jean Baudrillard, pre-eminent postmodern theorist. Everytime I teach my seminar on postmodernism, I ask a student to introduce the class to Simulacra and Simulation. Of all of the theories that grow out of postmodern insecurity and ennui, hyperreality is the one that students connect to almost immediately. Somehow, unlike Jameson’s “logic of late capitalism” or Lyotard’s postmodern sublime and “incredulity toward meta-narratives,” both of which feel like interpretations of a past era, Baudrillard’s writing feels as if it still has its finger on the consumer turbo pulse.
So that’s what I was doing. Paying homage to a great theorist through blog silence.
hat tip: Clancy for posting the news.