Saturday, October 10, 2009

Jean Baudrillard- The System of Objects

In the world of cultural analysis and structuralism, Jean Baudrillard is a big name. The System of Objects is a better known work of his and I would recommend it to anyone that is interested in cultural studies. Baudrillard, though very difficult read, has very interesting analyses of how Western society functions. The System of Objects' topics range from an analysis of cars to analysis of antiques and collection. Particularly interesting to me, personally, is his analysis of motivations of collectors while grounding his analysis with a sort of psychoanalytic model.
Verdict: If you're into cultural studies, The System of Objects is more than likely something you will like. If you aren't, it might be a little bit too laborious of a read without much satisfaction.
What to listen to while reading: Nine Inch Nails- Ghosts I-IV

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