Baudrillard in a ‘Post-Truth’ World: Groundwork for a Critique of the Rise of Trump


  • Brett Nicholls University of Otago



This paper takes the view that Baudrillard’s work on the West’s fascination with reality is as insightful as ever. The paper traces the rise of this fascination across four areas of his work: the critique of the commodity form, the rise of objective reality, hyperreality, and integral reality. I then argue that Baudrillard provides us with a means for adequately understanding and engaging with the current post-truth scandal. My claim is that the essence of’ ‘Trumpism’ is not to be found in a lack of reality, the notion that there is not enough truth in play; it is to be found in the overproduction of a surplus reality that veers out of control into hitherto unknown forms of absurdity, or, in Baudrillard’s terms, into integral reality.

Author Biography

Brett Nicholls, University of Otago

Department of Media, Film and Communication