“Until now, everything was organised by the tension between desire and its fulfilment, between needs and their satisfaction. This critical situation was the source of all of our historical conflicts: protests, revolts, revolutions. Today, immediate consumption has moved far beyond the faculties of normal human beings to experience pleasure. Nothing tells us that people will now be able to bear insatiable desire after a millennium of shortages—nothing tells us that they are ready for total liberation. Nothing is less certain.
This is the true break, not a social fracture but a symbolic one: in the advent of an integral reality that absorbs all aspirations towards dreaming, surpassing or revolt.
— The despair of having everything.
— The despair of being nothing.
— The despair of being everybody.
— The despair of being nobody.”
— Jean Baudrillard, The Agony of Power