[NetBehaviour] HATE/CODE - William Pawlett.

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William Pawlett

This paper examines Jean Baudrillard’s concept of the Code and applies
it, briefly, to the urgent issues of hatred and violence. Baudrillard’s
little-known notion of the “the hate” is explored in detail and the
psychoanalytic terminology re-deployed in his work on hatred is
clarified. Though Baudrillard never explicitly linked his notion of the
Code to hatred, an argument is made that these concepts are closely
related and that, placed in conjunction, they offer new and compelling
ways of thinking about both hatred and its alternatives. This paper
provides the theoretical groundwork to such an analysis; subsequent work
will attempt a ‘radical empiricist’ exploration of hatred through case

Finally the figure of the Other and radical alterity, frequently evoked
by Baudrillard, is central to my closing suggestion that radical
alterity provides an alternative to, or protection from, the hate.


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