To view it, click here. I had this babysitter named Bernice who also was the postmistress of our wind swept Kansas town. Bernice was ultra-religious and obsessed with death. She had me convinced that she had a pact with GOD that when her time came she would ascend on a cloud in the same manner as Jesus Christ.
I also saw it right after "Holy Motors"; another, better, movie involving limos and cryptic dialogue. Looking through critiques of White Noise after I finished, people tend to fall into 'love it' or 'hate it' camps.
I'm not sure I had particular feelings either way, but mostly because I spent the majority of the book trying to puzzle out what the heck the subtext was and getting distracted by the style.
White Noise is narrated by Jack, a renowned college professor in Hilter studies who lives in the suburbs with his family. The general plot revolves around his discovery that his wife, Babette, has been having an affair and taking experimental medication to eliminate the fear of death.
And boy is White Noise about death. This all takes place in a nihilistic, dystopian world where apparently everyone speaks with the same stilted, unnatural dialogue. Seriously, no character has a definitive White noise critique except for the narrator.
It's weird, but also the same as "Cosmopolis," so I can only assume this is how DeLillo usually writes. Don DeLillo saw the future, kids.
Slate has an excellent White Noise podcast discussion related to this: After Jack is exposed to an ominous "airborne toxic event" no, not the bandhe obsesses over his vague medical tests and the certainty of death His fear drives him to further investigate Babette's medication, and the final act of the book descends into a very weird place indeed.
If only someone had told him that we're all dying on the inside. A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee and was struck by this observation: At one point death is described as white noise, which, yes, it's always in the background of this book and life in general, and tuning in to social media is a way to ignore it.
I think it could also relate to the strange dialogue in the book and Jack's effort to learn German.
Rather than true communication it's just noise. White Noise is considered "postmodern" and I had to do some digging to try and get a grip on what that meant. I came away thinking I need to read an entire separate book on postmodernism and then come back to critique it in White Noise.
Confusing things are confusing.
A helpful resource is the Jean Baudrillard page in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy referenced belowif you really want to have a head-scratching journey. Relevant to this post, one of the key components of postmodernism is the idea of a simulacrum, which Wikipedia helpfully defines as a "representation or imitation of a person or thing" Think of those crazy mirrors where you own image repeats itself again and again and again into infinity.
Gratuitous yet apt screencap from "Supernatural". In the society of simulation, identities are constructed by the appropriation of images, and codes and models determine how individuals perceive themselves and relate to other people In this postmodern world, individuals flee from the 'desert of the real' for the ecstasies of hyperreality and the new realm of computer, media, and technological experience.
And clearly, yes, this is the vibe of White Noise. Lots of interesting philosophical overtones, little to no character development or plot.B.
R. Myers, the author of A Reader's Manifesto, argues that the time has come for readers to stand up to the literary establishment. is the opener to Don DeLillo's White Noise (). White Noise is a wildly inventive novel that, as has been said elsewhere, assesses the culture without succumbing to it.
But to end the discussion there misses one important dimension of the book. White Noise is considered "postmodern" and I had to do some digging to try and get a grip on what that meant. I came away thinking I need to read an entire separate book on postmodernism and then come back to critique it in White Noise.
White Noise is a decent psychological horror film that has a good premise, but the plots at times doesn't really work.
However the film is held together by a good cast that includes Michael Keaton 8%. White Noise Critique Keiran Rump’s essay, “The Wilder State in DeLillo's White Noise”, essentially analyzes the character of Wilder.
He explains how Jack and Babette wish they could return the simple state of naivete and innocence that Wilder portrays. In this step-family, then, Jack is happy: "Heat, noise, lights, looks, words, gestures, personalities, appliances.
A colloquial density that makes family life the one medium of sense knowledge in which astonishment of heart is routinely contained.".