If you’re like most people, your first experience with the musings of Jean Baudrillard and his work Simulacra and Simulation left you deeply. The publication of Simulacra et Simulation in marked Jean Baudrillard’s first important step toward theorizing the postmodern. Moving away from the. Jean Baudrillard. Simulacra and Simulations. The following is an excerpt from Jean Baudrillard, Selected Writings, ed. Mark Poster. (Stanford; Stanford.
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The first full-length translation in English of an essential work of postmodernism. The publication of Simulacra et Simulation in marked Jean Baudrillard’s first important step toward theorizing the postmodern. Baudrillard uses the concepts of the simulacra—the copy without an original—and simulation.
These terms are crucial to an understanding of the postmodern, to the extent that they address the concept of mass reproduction and reproduceability that characterizes our electronic media culture. Baudrillard’s book represents a unique and original effort to rethink cultural theory from the perspective of a new concept of cultural materialism, one that radically redefines postmodern formulations of the body.
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Paperback1st edition The Body, in Theory: Histories of Cultural Materialismpages. Published by University of Michigan Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Simulacra and Simulationplease sign up. Luke Connors Ethan Russell hit the nail on the head.
It’s just an entertaining story to …more Ethan Russell hit the nail on the head. It’s just an entertaining story to describe something very complex in laymen’s terms. Baudrillard doesn’t even assume a place where reality exists, since the hyperreal has supplanted it.
But the hyperreal itself is just “nexus of symbols” that pretend to reference the reality they falsely claim to represent. In other words, the true “reality” in the Matrix doesn’t even exist to Baudrillard. Where the Matrix makes the claim that the real world and the virtual world both “exist”, Baudrillard claims that the “real world” has been completely lost and the virtual i.
See 1 question about Simulacra and Simulation…. Lists with This Book. Dec 21, Trevor rated it it was amazing Shelves: When Plato spoke of the simulacra he meant it in a way that is quite different to how it is meant here, so, to understand what is meant here we probably should quickly look at what Plato meant.
Behind what we can see and think we understand there is a deeper reality — and that reality is perfect, unchanging and without contradiction. This makes art particularly problematic. So, art is a copy of a copy — a simulacra. How can that be a good thing? For Plato, it was a very bad thing and so artists needed to be directed away from his ideal Republic. You know, quite literally, a copy of something that never really existed.
Not just that, but this is made even harder by the fact that we prefer the fake, whether this be in objects or in ideas or in ideologies. And it is actually even worse than this, for the fake is used to hide the fact that there is no reality behind it.
Baudrillard makes this point by discussing Nixon and Watergate. Baudrillard says that process, and the comforting message it leaves us with, is the real simulacra. That in reality the comforting image of Western democracy as symbolised ultimately by American democracy is an image with no real substance behind it. Again, this point is possibly made clearer by thinking about that bizarre town Disney Corp built called Celebration.
He wants to make it clear that our world itself is a simulacrum, that all of the institutions we hold as the foundations of our understanding of how the world works are, in essence, not real. So, Baudrillard is both like and unlike Plato — he is like Plato in so far as neither of them believed that the world we take as being real is anything like real. There was an Australian television series, a mockumentary, set around the organising committee for the Sydney Olympic Games.
One of the episodes was based on the absurd idea that the metre track was actually quite a bit less than metres long. In the end there are only our idealisations, the terrorist is a freedom fighter and a cynic and a madman and a confused victim of circumstance. Each reading is available, each reading is as real as the others.
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Once you hear about this idea of the simulacrum it is really hard to not see it everywhere. We live in a world of mirrors — each reflecting back at us distorted images, and desire is the force aand manipulates what we are so that we confuse what we want to become with what we already are in our essential selves. There is only these desires and these twisted representations. The idea that people inject botulism, a toxin that can and does kill, into their faces to make themselves look young strikes me as being essential to understanding this idea.
We are prepared to risk death so as to look young.
View all 34 comments. Jun 25, Toby rated it it was ok. Some authors have a gift of being able to explain complex matters in simple terms.
Baudrillard, on the other hand, seems to have the complete opposite – explaining essentially simple although nontheless interesting concepts in overly complex terms.
While the core message of his essays is thought provoking and engaging, the text itself is so full of jargon, unnecessarily convoluted language, and a fair amount of repetition. If you are anything like myself you will spend an hour reading, rereadi Some authors have a gift of being able to explain complex matters in simple terms.
If you are anything like myself you will spend an hour reading, rereading, and digesting a couple of pages before reaching a point where you can explain what Baudrillard was essentially saying in a few simple sentences. Baudrillard also has a habit of making quite extravagant claims or suggestions with no proof, or even justification or much in the way of reasoning. All in all a difficult and unrewarding read, I feel that I would have been better off reading something written by someone else about Baudrillard’s ideas.
View all 17 comments. Jan 20, Adam rated it really liked it. Basically the idea is just that people increasingly base their lives around collective ideas of things — and those ideas can readily shift around and become something detached from reality — rather than the things themselves.
And that creates a free floating idea of society and the universe that supercedes concrete reality in its consequences.
On “Simulacra and Simulations,” Jean Baudrillard
The simulacrum is never that which conceals the truth-it is the truth which conceals that there is none. The simulacrum is true. The dung beetle has left its profession for some weed. Sammy sucked Martha to death as he merrily smoked a joint. It is a hyperreal… It is no longer a question of imitation, nor duplication, nor even parody. Is it a simulated bulkiness or a generous contribution to baudrillafd literature? Furthermore, Baudrillard claims that Watergate was not a scandal but a mere trap set by the CIA and other governmental authorities to catch the adversaries.
No matter how much fearless fun you might on those magical rides, at the end of it you have to pimp the goat for an ounce of weed.
When the lines between the real and unreal blurs one enters the world of simulation. And what would happen when abd real is no longer stiff it used to be? Will nostalgia assume it flaccid meaning?
For further literary probing: The Ecstasy of Communication – Jean Baudrillard 2. The New Fuck You: Leash – Jane DeLynn May 03, Bradley rated it really liked it. I can just see people smoking bongs not getting this completely, but postmodernism IS the dominant episteme in the West How cool to be born when such a rad zimulations like Baudrillard was doing his best stuff!
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Your influence has infected the unwashed masses even in a providential back water redneck area like rural Binghamton NY where this student made his abode Wish I could write a book that could change the world, or tap into the zeitgeist I observe, I accept, I assume the immense process of the destruction of appearances.
Jews think this far into postmodernism as well? Rad, its not just new, its olde tyme as well Oct 08, Lit Similacra rated it really liked it Shelves: To dissimulate is to pretend not to have what one has. To simulate is to feign to have what one doesn’t have. But it is more complicated than that because simulating is not pretending: Examining popular culture and its signs baudri,lard taking over reality and replacing it, leaving only an unreliable ref To dissimulate is to pretend not to have what one has.
Examining popular culture and its signs as taking over reality and replacing it, leaving only an unreliable reference to the original which no longer exists, this philosophical treatise looks into the postmodern condition that leaves the line between the real and the simulation blurred.
The simulacrum is never that which conceals the truth—it is the truth which conceals that there is none.
Ans is lost in the work that is serially reproduced, is its aura, its singular quality of the here and now, its aesthetic form it had already lost its ritual form, in its aesthetic qualityand, according to Benjamin, it takes on, in its ineluctable destiny of reproduction, a political form. What is lost is the original, which only a history itself nostalgic and retrospective can reconstitute as “authentic. However, I do have a bit of issues with Baudrillard, both stylistically and in terms of content.