Above: Trump. Credit: Shealah Craighead.
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)