The Illusion of the End
The year 2000, the end of the millennium: is this anything other than a mirage, the illusion of an end, like so many other imaginary end-points which have littered the path of history? In this book, Jean Baudrillard argues that the notion of the end is part of the phantasy of a linear history. Today we are not approaching the end of history but moving into reverse, into a process of systematic obliteration. We are wiping out the entire 20th century, effacing all signs of the Cold War one by one, perhaps even the signs of World War I and World War II, and of the political and ideological revolutions of our time. In short, we are engaged in a gigantic process of historical revisionism, and we seem in a hurry to finish it before the end of the century, secretly hoping perhaps to be able to begin again from scratch. Baudrillard explores the fatal strategies of time which shape our ways of thinking about history and its imaginary end.