Baudrillard sees the power of the terrorists as lying in the symbolism of this slaughter. Not merely the reality of death, but a sacrificial death that challenges the whole system. Where the past revolutionary sought to conduct a struggle of real forces in the context of ideology and politics, the new terrorist mounts a powerful symbolic challenge, which, when combined with high-tech resources, constitutes an unprecedented assault on an over-sophisticated, vulnerable West. This new edition is updated with the recent essays 'Hypothesis on Terrorism' and 'Violence of the Global'.
Jean Baudrillard is the author of, among other works, America, The System of Objects, Impossible Exchange, Screened Out, and The Perfect Crime, all from Verso.