“She patronised extensively a man, Ulysses Gunne, whose mode of earning money was a low and shameful one. He wrote for certain papers which, as everybody knows, is worse than serving in a shop or scaring off the crows.”
Jean Baudrillard, the French critic and provocateur, who said the Gulf War of 1991 did not take place— that it was more a media event than a war—has died, at 77.
The first member of his family to attend a University and a fierce critic of “the consumer culture in which people bought objects not out of genuine need but because of the status and meaning they bestowed,” Baudrillard was part-inspiration for the cult Matrix movies.
One of his better known theories postulates that we live in a world where simulated feelings and experiences have replaced the real thing. This seductive “hyperreality,” where shopping malls, amusement parks and mass-produced images from the news, television shows and films dominate, is drained of authenticity and meaning. Since illusion reigns, he counseled people to give up the search for reality.
Read the New York Times obituary here: Critic and Theorist of Hyperreality dies
PRESS RELEASE: Panos South Asia invites print journalists from India to apply for a fellowship to research Dalit women’s health and human rights. The fellowship runs from May 2007 to March 2008. Selected Fellows will be provided editorial suport by a panel of exeprts. They will also be awarded a grant of Rs 45,000 plus travel expenses.
Based on their investigative work, selected Fellows must produce: at least five 1,000-word articles to be published before December ’07, one 5,000-word in-depth report, which may be edited and included in a book to be published later by Panos. (Panos is an independent non-profit organisation specialising in information and communication.)
Applicants must submit the following not later than 10 April 2007: curriculum vitae; at least three samples of published work on health/development; a 500-word write-up explaining why the applicant should be considered for the fellowship; two references from persons who are known to the applicant professionally.
Journalists writing in Indian languages are encouraged to apply. However, the CV and the write-up should be in English and at least one sample of the applicant’s work must be translated into English.
Email all relevant documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org or send it to Panos Institute, 2nd floor, D-302, Defence Colony, New Delhi 110024. Applications should be marked, “Media Fellowships on Dalit Women’s Health”.
Panos is an independent non-profit organisation specialising in information and communication.