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    When Plato spoke of the simulacra he meant it in a way that is uite different to how it is meant here so to understand what is meant here we probably should uickly look at what Plato meant For Plato the world about us isn’t the ‘real’ world – it can’t be not least because the ‘real’ world needs to be withou

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    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 o

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    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 conseuences

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    I admit I read this primarily because I learned that the whole cast of The Matrix was forced to read it to get them all primed and pumped for t

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    Totally completely rad I can just see people smoking bongs not getting this completely but postmodernism IS the dominant ep

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    This review has been dedicated to the charitable literary contribution of Alfonso’s aka The Crimson Fucker penis an essential piece of conceptual art of penile architecture The simulacrum is never thatwhich conceals the truth it ist

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    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 complicated than that because simulating is not pretending Whoever fakes an illness can simply stay in bed and make everyon

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    This is not an easy book to read in part because Baudrillard starts off with his ideas in full development and then talks around them to explain them He will start off with an example develop the idea within the

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    This book has simply managed to put me off all things post structuralist and French at the same time And has introduced a measure of disgust which I now feel towards both these subjectsThere are things you come acr

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    This book is only so highly rated because it is utterly incomprehensible Baudrillard revelled in using hundreds of words to write what were really uite simple and flimsy arguments Responsible for inspiring a lot of impenetrable 'art speak' which is unfortunately common at a lot of art school degree shows nowadays

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REVIEW ´ MZINES.CO.UK Ö Jean Baudrillard

Simulacres et simulation

Omic notions of cultural production with notions of cultural expenditureBaudrillard 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 reproduceabili. This review has been dedicated to the charitable literary contribution of Alfonso s aka The Crimson Fucker penis an essential piece of conceptual art of penile architecture The simulacrum is never thatwhich conceals the truth it isthe truth which conceals thatthere is noneThe simulacrum is true Ecclesiastes It has been a week and Sammy hasn t stopped humping the cilantro or sucking the lonely grape The dung beetle has left its profession for some weed Since Martha s the pig death the Oedipal hamster has been spinning like Elmo on meth Sammy sucked Martha to death as he merrily smoked a joint Has the sorrow of Martha s death made Sammy an inhabitant of hyperreality Has the cilantro and the grape become a symbol of simulation the deception of the hamster s Oedipal reality In all this simulacrum panic where does Fonso s penile obsession stands or rather erectsBaudrillard states Simulation is no longer really the real because no imaginary envelops it any It is a hyperreal It is no longer a uestion of imitation nor duplication nor even parody It is a uestion of substituting the signs of the real for the realperfectly descriptive machine that offers all the signs of the real and short circuits its entire vicissitudes Similar to someone who feigns an illness can make believe that he is ill and may even produce imaginary symptoms is Alfonso s assertion about the largeness a result of his penile obsession Reminiscent to the television thrusting endless hours of Miley Cyrus s twerking in your face and then you being to wonder whether it is your ass that gyrates on Robin Thicke s crotchIs it a simulated bulkiness or a generous contribution to penile literature Further Baudrillard claims that Watergate was not a scandal but a mere trap set by the CIA and other governmental authorities to catch the adversaries Are then Alfonso s monstrous penile claims a mere trap to attract the unknown female species or a real scandalous sexual entr e Is Alfonso s penis an Enchanted Land with magic rides Are the pompous claims real or a simulacrum like Disneyland 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 Is the celebrity status of Fonso s penis moving into the same direction And what would happen when the real is no longer stiff it used to be Will nostalgia assume it flaccid meaningFor further literary probing 1The Ecstasy of Communication Jean Baudrillard2The Accident of Art Sylvere Lotringer Paul Virilio3Forget Foucault Jean Baudrillard Think Alfonso4I Love Dick Chris KrausAdditional adventures 1Aliens Anorexia Chris Kraus2The New Fuck You Adventures In Lesbian Reading Eileen Myles Liz Kotz eds3Leash Jane DeLynn

CHARACTERS Simulacres et simulation

Ty that characterizes our electronic media cultureBaudrillard's book represents a uniue 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 bodySheila Glaser is an editor at Artforum magazine. 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 complicated than that because simulating is not pretending Whoever fakes an illness can simply stay in bed and make everyone believe he is ill Whoever simulates an illness produces in himself some of the symptoms Littr Baudrillard sometimes fascinates me 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 The simulacrum is true In a vein very much similar to Walter Benjamin who in his amazing amazing essay The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction I was glad I wasn t the only one who thought of Benjamin here Baudrillard did too talks about the furor over the sanctity of the original work of art with new developments in photography now that everyone could have a cheap imitation of Mona Lisa who cares about seeing the original the aura of mystery is lost with mechanical reproduction Baudrillard too ruminates over the nature of simulation and reality What is lost in the work that is serially reproduced is its aura its singular uality of the here and now its aesthetic form it had already lost its ritual form in its aesthetic uality and 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 The most advanced the most modern form of this development which Benjamin described in cinema photography and contemporary mass media is one in which the original no longer even exists since things are conceived from the beginning as a function of their unlimited reproduction I like Baudrillard s concept of Hyper real a simulation that is real than reality itself which clouds reality and surpasses it to the extent that the real does not exist any and the simulation becomes reality itself it creates an impressive larger than life figure whether in political or social scenarios overpowering the real historical depictions in cinema Jurassic Park Disneyland WatergateI did enjoy this essay a lot especially his deconstruction of how popular media saturates the mind so easily clogging it with simulations and his observations on war architecture and science fiction with reference to simulationsHowever I do have a bit of issues with Baudrillard both stylistically and in terms of contentI do not really agree with everything he says his reactions to some phenomena seem just as essentialist as those he critiues Sometimes he comes across as paranoid in his zeal to impress upon us how unreal the real world is I agree with him on his ideas but not to the extent he takes his ideasWhile he acknowledges in the very beginning that the line between the real and the simulated is no longer clear as before and what is real and what is not is now nearly inseparable things can be both and simultaneously GR itself seems to be a wonderful example of this phenomena it is a real world for many of us Impossible to think of a life without it But then do we really know anyone behind those avatars photos and reviews I bet some of us would not even have looked eye to eye in real life no matter how wonderful reviews we wrote And yet it is all real and simulated at the same timeBut Baudrillard in the latter part of the essay seems to insinuate and that nothing we see is real everything about our life is simulated especially communication on virtual platforms I really don t think everything around and about us is unreal I think it is real and simulated all at the same timeAnother issue I have with him are on his ideas of Fascism Fascism can already be interpreted as the irrational excess of mythic and political referentials the mad intensification of collective value blood race people etc the reinjection of death of a political aesthetic of death at a time when the process of the disenchantment of value and of collective values of the rational secularization and unidimensionalization of all life of the operationalization of all social and individual life already makes itself strongly felt in the West Yet again everything seems to escape this catastrophe of value this neutralization and pacification of life Fascism is a resistance to this even if it is a profound irrational demented resistance it would not have tapped into this massive energy if it hadn t been a resistance to something much worse Fascism s cruelty its terror is on the level of this other terror that is the confusion of the real and the rational which deepened in the West and it is a response to that I find it difficult to accept such simplistic explanationsIf Althusser is too obliue too opaue with his dense technical style Baudrillard is too collouial too disorganized If Althusser condenses an unbelievable number of concepts in a short essay Baudrillard lets his essay run watery diluted Couldn t he just say we re being interpellated Or something easier on the mind if he doesn t like this termI was elated at first at his easy style Soon I grew tired of it he takes too much time to say a little thing Perhaps as a live lecture it might have not been so dry to read but as a text it needed to be a little tighter a little denser condensedIn fact I rather preferred these two videosRick Roderick on Baudrillard first 25 minsDr Alan Howe on Baudrillard 15 mins

REVIEW ´ MZINES.CO.UK Ö Jean Baudrillard

The publication of Simulacra et Simulation in 1981 marked Jean Baudrillard's first important step toward theorizing the postmodern Moving away from the MarxistFreudian approaches that had concerned him earlier Baudrillard developed in this book a theory of contemporary culture that relies on displacing econ. When Plato spoke of the simulacra he meant it in a way that is uite different to how it is meant here so to understand what is meant here we probably should uickly look at what Plato meant For Plato the world about us isn t the real world it can t be not least because the real world needs to be without contradictions and to be without contradictions there can be no change no death which is much the same thing That means that the world we think we inhabit isn t the real world but rather an apparent world a kind of projection or copy 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 That is because for Plato what we take to be the real world is in fact a kind of copy 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 RepublicBaudrillard isn t exactly a Platonist well any than everyone else is if that English guy is right about the whole of philosophy being a series of footnotes to Plato For me Baudrillard s simulacra can best be understood by thinking about that girl from the Ukraine who has had plastic surgery to look like a Barbie Doll You know uite literally a copy of something that never really existedBaudrillard s point is that this girl isn t an exception in our modern world but rather she is symptomatic of much of what our modern world actually means This isn t just a point about how we have made the world artificial although it means that too It is that what is real and what is fake now are much harder to tell apart 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 The sacking of the President is supposed to show that the system works that no matter how the true nature of the system is distorted by a single corrupt man the system s fundamental reality comes through in the end and reasserts itself 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 itAgain this point is possibly made clearer by thinking about that bizarre town Disney Corp built called Celebration This is supposed to be where people live in a real American town but it is again a copy of something that never existed Giroux makes much of this in his book The Mouse that Roared but something I read about this town before reading Giroux s book made the utterly stunning point that there is no advertising allowed in Celebration Isn t that something worth thinking about There is something deeply un American about a town with no advertising it could only occur in a town completely owned by a corporation Baudrillard says Disneyland exists in order to hide that it is the real country all of real America that is Disneyland It is hard to explain Baudrillard s point without constantly making reference to stuff that is obviously fake but his point is that staying at that level the level of the clearly fake is to miss his point entirely 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 And he is unlike Plato in that for Baudrillard there is no real world sitting behind this apparent world waiting to be made understandable by the application of reason As he says early in this book it is dangerous to unmask images since they dissimulate the fact that there is nothing behind them This becomes a problem and not just because it would be nice to have a reality out there somewhere lurking behind some of our idealisations this becomes a problem because not only is reality condemned to be impossible but so too does parody Living in Tony Abbott s Australia I know what it means for parody to become impossible But I m sure everyone has experienced that feeling where you have finished reading an article become outraged and then realises you have been reading the Onion 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 100 metre track was actually uite a bit less than 100 metres long life went on to imitate art when it turned out there had been a problem with the 100 metres track at the Olympic stadium and that it did need fixing This isn t exactly what Baudrillard means either really I think his point is that our desire for the world to mean things we want it to mean forces a kind of idealised vision of what the world is like over what we experience but the problem is that this idealised vision is almost impossible in Baudrillard s view actually impossible to separate from what we take to be reality 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 othersOnce you hear about this idea of the simulacrum it is really hard to not see it everywhere This is particularly true when you think about this idea of Baudrillard s in relation to his ideas in The Consumer Society There is a similar desire for the real to be the ideal in what consumption involves More than this consumer society wants there to be the real us and that reality depends on how we will be transformed into our true selves once we buy something that will help us become who we already are We live in a world of mirrors each reflecting back at us distorted images and desire is the force that manipulates what we are so that we confuse what we want to become with what we already are in our essential selves Baurdrillard s point is that there is no real image no undistorted representation that is true There is only these desires and these twisted representationsThe 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 Except botox doesn t really make you look young it makes you look like someone who is trying to look young And not even really young there is no 60 year old with botox that looks like they are really 20 instead they look I presume like an idealised version of what a 60 year old should look like This relationship between the ideal and the real much the same as Plato s has now been turned on its head because of the loss of reality the world itself suffers from I can t uite accept that there is no reality but to the extent that the thing that defines humanity is that we make our reality fit our needs and wants and desires there is always something of a simulacrum about our worlds and these worlds are always somewhat ideal it is just that the ideal too has a dark side and it is this dark side that Baudrillard is exploring here

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  • Simulacres et simulation
  • Jean Baudrillard
  • English
  • 03 August 2019
  • 9780472065219

About the Author: Jean Baudrillard

Jean Baudrillard was a French sociologist philosopher cultural theorist political commentator and photographer His work is freuently associated with postmodernism and post structuralismJean Baudrillard was also a Professor of Philosophy of Culture and Media Criticism at the European Graduate School in Saas Fee Switzerland where he taught an Intensive Summer SeminarJean Baudrillard's phil