More than a century after Saussure, civilized consciousness is bored stiff with semiotics. It is not interested in being reminded that the symbols, rituals and rites of current reality is utter crap. It just wants to make merry with its incoherent, man-in-the-mirror junkie bullshit.
The investigation is aiming to drive into Baudrillard, and the crash will be violent.
“Boys are stupid…throw rocks at them!”
And judged by the number of ‘likes’ at the quote, apparently a universal sentiment.
As a very rough initial primer. Baudrillard laments the dehumanization of society, and the terrible delusions, lies and condoned violence involved. Unfortunately Baudrillard’s criticism is itself crippled by the common denial that individual identity is sickeningly incoherent in the first place. So the battle hinged in the volitional self deepens with wave upon wave of social mirror-mentality in-fighting, as the evidence mounts against it, threatening to expose it as absolute nonsense.
Taking the quote as example, and risking the reflux that it is only a joke. Males and females tend to need each other ever less, in other words, there is ever greater gender dichotomy (except in mirthful, common ritual). But this is far from just a gender issue. It concerns all the twisted attributes of willful identity. Consciousness is on the brink of by far the most complete reconstruction since the rise of language.
The volitional self will dissolve. It will be the first healing of a massive mental disease that has been growing for a hundred thousand years.