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By Michael Paterson

The British monarchy could be over 1000 years previous, however the condominium of Windsor dates basically from 1917, whilst, in the midst of the 1st global conflict that used to be to work out the death of the most important thrones of continental Europe, it rebranded itself from the relatively Germanic Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to the homely and common Windsor. by way of redefining its loyalties to spot with its humans and kingdom instead of the princes, kings and emperors of Europe to whom it was once comparable through start and marriage, it set the monarchy at the course of edition, making itself proper and permitting it to outlive. on the grounds that then, the high quality line trodden through the home of Windsor among old and smooth, grandeur and thrift, splendour and informality, remoteness and accessibility, and impact and neutrality has left it safer and its attraction extra common this present day than ever.

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Thiscommences with the German Bauhaus (1919-33), directed by WalterGroplus (1883-1969). Priorto this, products werea jumbleof singular styles. TheBauhaus inaugurated the universal semantlzatlon of the environment. It projected a unilateral Industrial aesthetic ontothe entire environment as a meaning. Everyobjectbecomes a sign of functionalism andtechnology. Noweverything is a design object - lamps, buildings, cities, people... ::11~1 ~:±fllf . _ . , . . . . , ..... , . • • ...... ,. 56 ... or Cyberblitz This extension of the industrial revolution intothe superstructure of form and meaning, Baudrillard calls CYBERBLITZ.

What aboutart - doesn't that evade thecocle? Baudrillard admires art for its struggle to represent the object- but not as a practice. Ironically, his ideas havehad their greatest influence in fine art, particularly in NewYork. The "reluctant prophet" delivered the grim message that art is finished - it's simply a consumption of signs. Art was initially a sign of prestige. The art marketand its sign exchange valuedoes not stem from economicprofits or accumulation. It comes from exhibiting signs of expenditure.

Besides, what on earth is Man Friday doing there? You rang, master? 37 The Mask of ''Use Value" Baudrillard's radicality lies'in this statement: the utility of objects is not a property prior to exchange value. Use value is an effect of exchange value. It is an alibi which keeps productscirculating. Use value props up exchange value. It is produced as a sign ratherthan a fundamental truth. Use value is not outside the system - it only integrate6 U6more effectively into the sy6uml Whenwe call goods"useful", we are making their use value the first and last ' reason for their existence.

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