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Baudrillard Kritik

Baudrillard Kritik

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By Debate Nexus (Nick Bormann / Zachary Krebs). Baudrillard file with a lot of shells for different situations.
By Debate Nexus (Nick Bormann / Zachary Krebs). Baudrillard file with a lot of shells for different situations.

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Baudrillard
Critiques
The Catastrophe Fix .......................................2Catastrophe Fix 2NC Overview ......................6Catastrophe Fix 2NR Overview ......................8Disaster Porn ..................................................9Disaster Porn Overview ................................12Commodification of Suffering ........................13We Search for Images ..................................15Nuclear Hyperreality .....................................17Nuclear Hyperreality 2NC Overview .............22Nuclear Hyperreality 2NR Overview .............24Proliferation Stops War .................................25Proliferation Stops War Overview .................26Illusion of War ...............................................27Illusion of War Overview ...............................30Biosphere 2 ..................................................32Biosphere 2(NC) Overview ...........................35Biosphere 2(NR) Overview ...........................36Maleficent Ecology ........................................ 37Maleficent Ecology 2NC Overview ................ 40Maleficent Ecology 2NR Overview ................ 41Maleficent v. Deep Ecology 1AR ...................42Sentimentality to Animals ..............................43Sentimentality to Animals Overview ..............44Global v. Universal.......................................45Global v. Universal 2NC Overview ................48Global v. Universal 2NR Overview ................50Globalization of Violence ..............................51Globalization of Violence Overview ..............57Spirit of Terrorism ..........................................58Spirit of Terrorism Overview ..........................61Infection of Democracy .................................62Culture Crash ...............................................65Culture Crash Overview ................................68Shadow-Boxing the System ..........................70Shadow-Boxing Overview .............................72Strategic Passivity ........................................74Strategic Passivity Overview ........................75Infinite Remainder ........................................77Feminist Plastic Surgery ...............................80Feminist Plastic Surgery Overview ...............84Implosion of the State ...................................85Imperialism as Anti-Imperialism ....................87Viral Communism .........................................89Power Lashing Out.......................................91Power Lash Out Overview ............................92The Debt.......................................................93Debt Overview ..............................................95Simulation of Politics .....................................96Media Information Sucks ..............................99Banishing the Right..................................... 101Banishing the Right Overview .....................105Disney World ..............................................106..................................................................108Radical Thought Alternative ........................109Our Framework ...........................................112Framework Overview ..................................115Aff Doesn’t Get to Pick Framework .............117A2: Perm .....................................................118A2: Postmodernism is Bad .........................123A2: We Still Solve!......................................125A2: Need a Textual Alternative ....................126A2: Disaster Porn .......................................127Must Engage System ..................................129Alternative Fails ..........................................131
 Jean Baudrillard is a professor of philosophy of culture and media criticism at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.
 
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The Catastrophe Fix
The images of catastrophe and destruction they present are like adrug, used by the first world nations to feed off the suffering of the rest of the world. Their efforts to solve these problems arecoproductive with the disasters themselves, and this constantsearch for new spectacle will lead to the destruction of the humanspecies as the ultimate reality TV show.Baudrillard in 94
 
[Jean, “The Illusion of the End” p. 66-71]
We have long denounced the capitalistic, economic exploitation of the poverty of the'other half of the world' [['autre monde]. We must today denounce the moral andsentimental
exploitation
of that poverty - charity cannibalism being
worse
thanoppressive violence. The extraction and humanitarian reprocessing of a destitution whichhas become the equivalent of oil deposits and gold mines. The extortion of the spectacleof poverty and, at the same time, of our charitable condescension: a worldwideappreciated surplus of fine sentiments and bad conscience. We should, in fact, see thisnot as the extraction of raw materials, but as a waste-reprocessing enterprise. Theirdestitution and our bad conscience are, in effect, all part of the waste-products of history-the main thing is to recycle them to produce a new energy source.We have here an escalation in the psychological balance of terror. World capitalistoppression is now merely the vehicle and alibi for this other, much more ferocious, formof moral predation. One might almost say, contrary to the Marxist analysis, that materialexploitation is only there to extract that spiritual raw material that is the misery of peoples, which serves as psychological nourishment for the rich countries and medianourishment for our daily lives. The 'Fourth World' (we are no longer dealing with a 'developing' Third World) is onceagain beleaguered, this time as a catastrophe-bearing stratum. The West is whitewashedin the reprocessing of the rest of the world as waste and residue. And the white worldrepents and seeks absolution - it, too, the waste-product of its own history. The South is a natural producer of raw materials, the latest of which is catastrophe. TheNorth, for its part, specializes in the reprocessing of raw materials and hence also in thereprocessing of catastrophe. Bloodsucking protection, humanitarian interference,Medecins sans frontieres, international solidarity, etc. The last phase of colonialism: theNew Sentimental Order is merely the latest form of the New World Order. Other people'sdestitution becomes our adventure
playground
. Thus, the humanitarian offensive aimedat the Kurds - a show of repentance on the part of the Western powers after allowingSaddam Hussein to crush them - is in reality merely the second phase of the war, a phasein which charitable intervention finishes off the work of extermination. We are theconsumers of the ever delightful spectacle of poverty and catastrophe, and of the movingspectacle of our own efforts to alleviate it (which, in fact, merely function to secure theconditions of 
reproduction
of the catastrophe market ); there, at least, in the order of moral profits, the Marxist analysis is wholly applicable: we see to it that extreme povertyis reproduced as a symbolic deposit, as a fuel essential to the moral and sentimentalequilibrium of the West.In our defence, it might be said that this extreme poverty was largely of our own makingand it is therefore normal that we should profit by it.
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 There can be no finer proof that the distress of the rest of the world is at the root of Western power and that the spectacle of that distress is its crowning glory than theinauguration, on the roof of the Arche de la Defense, with a sumptuous buffet laid on bythe Fondation des Droits de l'homme, of an exhibition of the finest photos of worldpoverty. Should we be surprised that spaces are set aside in the Arche d' Alliance. foruniversal suffering hallowed by caviar and champagne? Just as the economic crisis of the West will not be complete so long as it can still exploitthe resources of the rest of the world, so the symbolic crisis will be complete only when itis no longer able to feed on the other half's human and natural catastrophes (EasternEurope, the Gulf, the Kurds, Bangladesh, etc.). We need this drug, which serves us as anaphrodisiac and hallucinogen. And the poor countries are the best suppliers - as, indeed,they are of other drugs. We provide them, through our media, with the means to exploitthis paradoxical resource, just as we give them the means to exhaust their naturalresources with our technologies. Our whole culture lives off this catastrophic cannibalism,relayed in cynical mode by the news media, and carried forward in moral mode by ourhumanitarian aid, which is a way of encouraging it and ensuring its continuity, just aseconomic aid is a strategy for perpetuating under-development. Up to now, the financialsacrifice has been compensated a hundredfold by the moral gain. But when thecatastrophe market itself reaches crisis point, in accordance with the implacable logic of the market, when distress becomes scarce or the marginal returns on it fall fromoverexploitation, when we run out of disasters from elsewhere or when they can nolonger be traded like coffee or other commodities, the West will be forced to produce itsown catastrophe for
itself 
, in order to meet its need for spectacle and that
voracious
 
appetite
for symbols which characterizes it even more than its voracious appetite forfood. It will reach the point where it devours itself. When we have finished sucking outthe destiny of others, we shall have to invent one for ourselves. The Great Crash, thesymbolic crash, will come in the end from us Westerners, but only when we are no longerable to feed on the hallucinogenic misery which comes to us from the other half of theworld. Yet they do not seem keen to give up their monopoly. The Middle East, Bangladesh, blackAfrica and Latin America are really going flat out in the distress and catastrophe stakes,and thus in providing symbolic nourishment for the rich world. They might be said to beoverdoing it: heaping earthquakes, floods, famines and ecological disasters one uponanother, and finding the means to massacre each other most of the time. The 'disastershow' goes on without any let-up and our sacrificial debt to them far exceeds theireconomic debt. The misery with which they generously overwhelm us is something weshall never be able to repay. The sacrifices we offer in return are laughable (a tornado ortwo, a few tiny holocausts on the roads, the odd financial sacrifice) and, moreover, bysome infernal logic, these work out as much greater gains for us, whereas our kindnesseshave merely added to the natural catastrophes another one immeasurably worse: thedemographic catastrophe, a veritable epidemic which we deplore each day in pictures.In short, there is such distortion between North and South, to the symbolic advantage of the South (a hundred thousand Iraqi dead against casualties numbered in tens on ourside: in every case we are the losers), that one day everything will break down. One day,the West will break down if we are not soon washed clean of this shame, if aninternational congress of the poor countries does not very quickly decide to share outthis symbolic
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