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Help me deconstruct this passage (Baudrillard)

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My understanding is that Baudrillard is referring to what he calls the counter-gift. The gift is given by the West, which is why the non-west has everything, but the counter-gift is the attempt to give back to the West by the non-west, which Baudrillard is saying they have not been able to do. Terrorism is an example of the counter-gift which cannot be reversed by the West.

 

Second excerpt:

Basically Baudrillard is talking about the reversability of the counter-gift. The reason terrorists are so effective is because they commit an act that the West cannot reverse. The West cannot reverse 9/11 because the way it would do so is with the exertion of power and death, but that death is the symbolic act of the terrorist. It is an act that the West can never give back except with its own death.

 

I've only recently started reading Baudrillard and have never talked it over with anyone before, so if you think this is totally off base let me know

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First excerpt:

My understanding is that Baudrillard is referring to what he calls the counter-gift. The gift is given by the West, which is why the non-west has everything, but the counter-gift is the attempt to give back to the West by the non-west, which Baudrillard is saying they have not been able to do. Terrorism is an example of the counter-gift which cannot be reversed by the West.

 

Second excerpt:

Basically Baudrillard is talking about the reversability of the counter-gift. The reason terrorists are so effective is because they commit an act that the West cannot reverse. The West cannot reverse 9/11 because the way it would do so is with the exertion of power and death, but that death is the symbolic act of the terrorist. It is an act that the West can never give back except with its own death.

 

I've only recently started reading Baudrillard and have never talked it over with anyone before, so if you think this is totally off base let me know

Makes a lot of sense; thanks ;)

 

Can't believe I didn't think of the counter-gift smh  :sob:  :sob:

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