Above: Trump. Credit: Shealah Craighead.

The Ecstatic

In 1983, Jean Baudrillard first put forward his concept of "the ecstatic." In modern life everything will tend to reappear as a monstrous, obscene, not-the-opposite-but-worse version ... "Ecstasy is the quality proper to any body that spins until all sense is lost and then shines forth in its pure and empty form." It is thirty-five years since Baudrillard put forward his theory of the ecstatic .... these days, as a tool for interpreting-theorizing daily life, his concept seems more cogent than ever before.

Here are some categories with propositions for contemporary instances of the ecstatic ...

Beauty The trout pout
Consumerism The luxury brand, e.g., Balenciaga, Lamborghini, Chanel
Conversation Twitter; What's App
Political leadership President Trump; President Putin
Sexual relationships Tinder hook ups
Art Kaws; Zombie Formalism; auction night
Cinema Alita: Battle Angel
Jazz Brad Mehldau or Ashley Henry
Television YouPorn

(11 December 2018, revised 27 February 2019)