Baudrilliard: Gravity’s Rainbow

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“The American miracle, even today, is that they have swallowed their own radiant, expansive image and spat it out in the form of dejecta, and that they continue blithely along their chosen path even as it is tending towards a catastrophically extreme situation. The miracle is that they have succeeded in collapsing fiction and reality into each other on a life-size scale, allowing themselves to be invaded by their own future (which is quite a different matter from living in real time); that they have managed to maintain a gravitation of centrifugal elements, of all these eccentric populations, minorities and exogenous cultures (paradoxically, they are today the country with the least risk of ethnic, linguistic and religious dislocation). Perhaps this is gravity’s rainbow.”

-Jean Baudrilliard

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