Disruption, destruction, chaos and governing

Disruption, destruction and chaos has become the new way of governing


It is really about how the world now works, and reflective of ideas that first gained ground in the 1980s and 90s. Back then, the French theorist Jean Baudrillard contended that the difference between actuality and mere simulation had long since broken down, a notion encapsulated in the postmodern concept of “hyperreality”.

The sociologist Zygmunt Bauman, in his book Intimations of Postmodernity, summarised Baudrillard’s portrayal of a culture in which “images represent nothing but themselves, information does not inform, [and] desires turn into their own objectives”.

“We live in a world where there is more and more information, and less and less meaning,” wrote Baudrillard in 1981.

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