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Reality: a swarm of senses lights upon a field pinpointed by a world.
The Differend by Jean-Francois Lyotardetant donnes by Marcel Duchamp
So, in the next century there will be no more books. It takes too long to read, when success comes from gaining time. What will be called a book will be a printed object whose "message" (its information content) and name and title will first have been broadcast by the media, a film, a newspaper interview, a television program, and a cassette recording. It will be an object from whose sales the publisher (who will also have produced the film, the interview, the program, etc.) will obtain a certain profit margin, because people will think that they must "have" it (and therefore buy it) so as not to be taken for idiots or to break (my goodness) the social bond!

About the Author

Peruse Jean-Francois Lyotard: A Bibliography
Bibliography and Links
Five chapters from Lyotard's The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge.
The Lyotard List.

Notes on Lyotard.


Lyotard is one of the main writers of postmodern theory. In his works he has discussed, among many others, Freud, Heidegger, John Cage and Kant. In the last work published before his death, Signed, Malreaux, Lyotard has nothing nice to say about Aragon.