Simulacra and Simulation

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University of Michigan Press, 1994 - Social Science - 164 pages
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This book marked the author's first important step toward theorizing the postmodern condition. Moving away from Marxist and Freudian approaches, he develops here a theory of contemporary culture that relies on displacing economic notions of cultural production with notions of cultural expenditure, using the concepts of the simulacrum (the copy without an original) and simulation to address the concept of mass reproduction and reproduciability characteristic of electronic media culture.
 

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I've tried more than once to read this and have not succeeded. Just too hard. Seems like gobbledy-gook. Most of the time I have no idea what he's talking about. And particularly annoyed with his habit (or is it the fault of the translator?) of using adjectives as nouns. Read full review

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Baudrillard is line a painfully verbose version of Dave Chappelle in Undercover Brother. He makes great points but his writing style obfuscates them and sometimes you just get the feeling he hates ... Read full review

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Contents

The Precession of Simulacra
1
A Retro Scenario
43
Holocaust
49
The China Syndrome
53
Apocalypse Now
59
Implosion and Deterrence
61
Hypermarket and Hypercommodity
75
The Implosion of Meaning in the Media
79
Holograms
105
Crash
111
Simulacra and Science Fiction
121
Territory and Metamorphoses
129
The Remainder
143
The Spiraling Cadaver
149
Values Last Tango
155
On Nihilism
159

Absolute Advertising GroundZero Advertising
87
Clone Story
95

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Sheila Glaser is an editor at Artforum magazine.

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