From Al Jazeera:
Consumerism critic Baudrillard dies
Jean Baudrillard, the French sociologist and philosopher and critic of globalisation and consumerism, has died in Paris at the age of 77.
Baudrillard died on Tuesday at his home in Paris after a long illness, said Michel Delorme, of the Galilee publishing house.
Baudrillard was a prolific writer and renowned photographer who first attracted worldwide attention in 1991 with the deliberately provocative claim that the Gulf War “did not take place”.
He was one of Europe’s leading postmodernist thinkers known for his provocative commentaries on consumerism.
Postmodernism does not always mean the same thing to all people.
Postmodernism and art: here.
As a general remark, this tendency in philosophy in general, and Baudrillard in particular, can be criticized for its “idealist” views on material reality and history.