Simulacra and Simulation

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Moving away from the Marxist/Freudian approaches that had concerned him earlier, Baudrillard developed in this book a theory of contemporary culture that relies on displacing economic notions of cultural production with notions of cultural expenditure.
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Overview

Moving away from the Marxist/Freudian approaches that had concerned him earlier, Baudrillard developed in this book a theory of contemporary culture that relies on displacing economic notions of cultural production with notions of cultural expenditure.
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Table of Contents

The Precession of Simulacra 1
History: A Retro Scenario 43
Holocaust 49
The China Syndrome 53
Apocalypse Now 59
The Beaubourg Effect: Implosion and Deterrence 61
Hypermarket and Hypercommodity 75
The Implosion of Meaning in the Media 79
Absolute Advertising, Ground-Zero Advertising 87
Clone Story 95
Holograms 105
Crash 111
Simulacra and Science Fiction 121
The Animals: Territory and Metamorphoses 129
The Remainder 143
The Spiraling Cadaver 149
Value's Last Tango 155
On Nihilism 159
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2004

    adieu

    Baudrillard¿s book will disturb you. Plain and simple. However, enlightment only comes from a state of perturbation. His message? Read the book, however, be forewarned, too much information, too much recklessness from established beliefs, which allow for some sense of meaningfulness in your limited frame of reference, may make you realize that truth is just, well¿history. Adieu la verite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2004

    interesting read

    started it but didn't finish it but it was definitely thought provoking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2003

    What is REAL?

    Real is something that is inconceivable to humans, and this book tries to get that point across, and does very well in doing so. We think that everyday life is real, but it is all a bunch of rules set by other humans, so to be able to think beyond those perameters, beyond the laws of physics, is where you will find the real. How can something that is stated within the rules of the human mind be the say all, end all? That is where you begin to think after reading this book, outside the mind. For all of those who have felt something their whole lives, that something was wrong, 'like a splinter in your mind,' I highly recommend reading this book, and reading it again. 'Welcome to the desert of the real.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2001

    Disneyland

    I,m a phd student of sociology in Iran. I enjoied a lot studying the book, but since I have nevrer been in Disneyland, I have no notion what does the author mean by the frontier in Disneyland. I'm sure the translator can help me. Please contact with me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 1999

    What is The Matrix? Simulation and Simulacra

    A place where nothing is real, where everything is a simulation. An overt notion in both Gnostic thought and the motion picture 'The Matrix', a strange thread of theory runs through Nag Hammadi and Essene manuscripts, the Gnostic story of Genesis, Philip K. Dick's quest for the messiah in Valis-- all flowering from a bed of Babylonian mysteries of space, time and reality as past down thru secret societies and brotherhoods with snakes as their mascots. So is it any wonder that when Matrix messiah Neo goes to retrieve a disk of hacked code hidden in a book, that very book is none other then 'Simulacra and Simulation'? I think not. Start with the Gnostic story of genesis, substitute the words 'material wisdom' with 'artificial intelligence', have a yogi tea with PKD's 'Valis', watch 'The Matrix' then take on 'Simulacra and Simulation' then you too may become convinced that 'Rome never died'. Just follow the white rabbit...

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