BAUDRILLARD SIMULACRA AND SIMULATION PDF
Simulation is no longer that of a territory, a referential being, or a substance. . simulacra and of simulation, in which there is no longer a God to recognize his. Simulacra and Simulations from Jean Baudrillard, Selected Writings, ed. Mark Poster (Stanford; Stanford University. Press, ), pp The simulacrum . Jean Baudrillard: Simulacra and Simulations. The simulacrum is never that which conceals the truth—it is the truth which conceals that there is none.
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Baudrillard has developed a theory to make intelligible one of the fascinating and . In Simulacra and Simulations () Baudrillard extends, some would say. Simulacra and Simulations. “ It is more difficult for us to imagine the real, History, the depth of time, or three- dimensional space, just as before it was difficult from. Baudrillard_Jean_Simulacres_et_simulation_pdf (file size: MB, MIME type: application/pdf). Expand view. Jean Baudrillard.
In olden days the king also the god had to die - that was his strength. Today he does his miserable utmost to pretend to die, so as to preserve the blessing of power. But even this is gone.
To seek new blood in its own death, to renew the cycle by the mirror of crisis, negativity and anti-power: this is the only alibi of every power, of every institution attempting to break the vicious circle of its irresponsibility and its fundamental nonexistence, of its deja-vu and its deja-mort. Strategy of the real Of the same order as the impossibility of rediscovering an absolute level of the real, is the impossibility of staging an illusion.
Illusion is no longer possible, because the real is no longer possible. It is the whole political problem of the parody, of hypersimulation or offensive simulation, which is posed here. For example: it would be interesting to see whether the repressive apparatus would not react more violently to a simulated hold up than to a real one?
For a real hold up only upsets the order of things, the right of property, whereas a simulated hold up interferes with the very principle of reality.
Transgression and violence are less serious, for they only contest the distribution of the real. Simulation is infinitely more dangerous since it always suggests, over and above its object, that law and order themselves might really be nothing more than a simulation. But the difficulty is in proportion to the peril. How to feign a violation and put it to the test?
Go and simulate a theft in a large department store: how do you convince the security guards that it is a simulated theft? There is no "objective" difference: the same gestures and the same signs exist as for a real theft; in fact the signs mclme neither to one side nor the other.
As far as the established order is concerned, they are always of the order of the real. Go and organize a fake hold up. Be sure to check that your weapons are harmless, and take the most trustworthy hostage, so that no life is in danger otherwise you risk committing an offence.
Demand ransom, and arrange it so that the operation creates the greatest commotion possible. In brief, stay close to the "truth", so as to test the reaction of the apparatus to a perfect simulation. But you won't succeed: the web of art ficial signs will be inextricably mixed up with real elements a police officer will really shoot on sight; a bank customer will faint and die of a heart attack; they will really turn the phoney ransom over to you.
In brief, you will unwittingly find yourself immediately in the real, one of whose functions is precisely to devour every attempt at simulation, to reduce everything to some reality: that's exactly how the established order is, well before institutions and justice come into play. In this impossibility of isolating the process of simulation must be seen the whole thrust of an order that can only see and understand m terms of some reality, because it can function nowhere else.
The simulation of an offence, if it is patent, will either be punished more lightly because it has no "consequences" or be punished as an offence to public office for example, if one triggered off a police operation "for nothing" - but never as simulation, since it is precisely as such that no equivalence with the real is possible, and hence no repression either. The challenge of simulation is irreceivable by power.
How can you punish the simulation of virtue? Yet as such it is as serious as the simulation of crime. Parody makes obedience and transgression equivalent, and that is the most serious crime, since it cancels out the difference upon which the law is based.
The established order can do nothing against it, for the law is a second-order simulacrum whereas simulation is a third-order simulacrum, beyond true and false, beyond equivalences, beyond the rational distmctions upon which function all power and the entire social stratum.
Hence, failing the real, it is here that we must aim at order. This is why order always opts for the real. In a state of uncertainty, It always prefers this assumption thus in the army they would rather take the simulator as a true madman.
But this becomes more and more difficult, for it is practically impossible to isolate the process of simulation; through the force of inertia of the real which surrounds us, the inverse is also true and this very reversibility forms part of the apparatus of simulation and of power's impotency : namely, it is now impossible to isolate the process of the real, or to prove the real.
Thus all hold ups, hijacks and the like are now as it were simulation hold ups, in the sense that they are inscribed in advance in the decoding and orchestration rituals of the media, anticipated in their mode of presentation and possible consequences. In brief, where they function as a set of signs dedicated exclusively to their recurrence as signs, and no longer to their "real" goal at all. But this does not make them inoffensive. On the contrary, it is as hyperreal events, no longer having any particular contents or aims, but indefinitely refracted by each other for that matter like so-called historical events: strikes, demonstrations, crises, etc.
The only weapon of power, its only strategy against this defection, is to reinject realness and referentiality everywhere, in order to convince us of the reality of the social, of the gravity of the economy and the finalities of production.
For that purpose it prefers the discourse of crisis, but also - why not? One remains among principles, and there power is always right. Hyperreality and simulation are deterrents of every principle and of every objective; they turn against power this deterrence which is so well utilized for a long time itself. For, finally, it was capital which was the first to feed throughout its history on the destruction of every referential, of every human goal, which shattered every ideal distinction between true and false, good and evil, in order to establish a radical law of equivalence and exchange, the iron law of its power.
It was the first to practice deterrence, abstraction, disconnection, deterritorialization, etc. Now, it is this very logic which is today hardened even more against it. And when it wants to fight this catastrophic spiral by secreting one last glimmer of reality, on which to found one last glimmer of power, it only multiplies the signs and accelerates the play of simulation.
As long as it was historically threatened by the real, power risked deterrence and simulation, disintegrating every contradiction by means of the production of equivalent signs. When it is threatened today by simulation the threat of vanishing in the play of signs , power risks the real, risks crisis, it gambles on remanufacturing artificial, social, economic, -political stakes. This is a question of life or death for it.
But it is too late. Whence the characteristic hysteria of our time: the hysteria of production and reproduction of the real.
The other production, that of goods and commodities, that of la belle epoque of political economy, no longer makes any sense of its own, and has not for some time. What society seeks through production, and overproduction, is the restoration of the real which escapes it.
That is why contemporary "material" production is itself hyperreal. It retains all the features, the whole discourse of traditional production, but it is nothing more than its scaled-down refraction thus the hyperrealists fasten in a striking resemblance a real from which has fled all meaning and charm, all the profundity and energy of representation.
Thus the hyperrealism of simulation is expressed everywhere by the real's striking resemblance to itself.
Power, too, for some time now produces nothing but signs of its resemblance. And at the same time, another figure of power comes into play: that of a collective demand for signs of power - a holy union which forms around the disappearance of power.
Everybody belongs to it more or less in fear of the collapse of the political. And in the end the game of power comes down to nothing more than the critical obsession with power: an obsession with its death; an obsession with its survival which becomes greater the more it disappears. When it has totally disappeared, logically we will be under the total spell of power - a haunting memory already foreshadowed everywhere, manifesting at one and the same time the satisfaction of having got rid of it nobody wants it any more, everybody unloads it on others and grieving its loss.
Melancholy for societies without power: this has already given rise to fascism, that overdose of a powerful referential in a society which cannot terminate its mourning. But we are still in the same boat: none of our societies know how to manage their mourning for the real, for power, for the social itself, which is implicated in this same breakdown.
And it is by an art ficial revitalization of all this that we try to escape it. Undoubtedly this will even end up in socialism. By an unforeseen twist of events and an irony which no longer belongs to history, it is through the death of the social that socialism will emerge - as it is through the death of God that religions emerge.
A twisted coming, a perverse event, an unintelligible reversion to the logic of reason. As is the fact that power is no longer present except to conceal that there is none. A simulation which can go on indefinitely, since -unlike "true" power which is, or was, a structure, a strategy, a relation of force, a stake - this is nothing but the object of a social demand, and hence subject to the law of supply and demand, rather than to violence and death.
Completely expunged from the political dimension, it is dependent, like any other commodity, on production and mass consumption.
Its spark has disappeared; only the fiction of a political universe is saved. Likewise with work. The spark of production, the violence of its stake no longer exists.
Everybody still produces, and more and more, but work has subtly become something else: a need as Marx ideally envisaged it, but not at all in the same sense , the object of a social "demand," like leisure, to which it is equivalent in the general run of life's options. A demand exactly proportional to the loss of stake in the work process. And for that matter so has the strike-real too, which is no longer a stoppage of work, but its alternative pole in the ritual scansion of the social calendar.
It is as if everyone has "occupied" their work place or work post, after declaring the strike, and resumed production, as is the custom in a "self-managed" job, in exactly the same terms as before, by declaring themselves and virtually being in a state of permanent strike. This isn't a science-fiction dream: everywhere it is a question of a doubling of the work process.
And of a double or locum for the strike process - strikes which are incorporated like obsolescence in objects, like crises in production. Then there are no longer any strikes or work, but both simultaneously, that is to say something else entirely: a wizardry of work, a trompe l'oeil, a scenodrama not to say melodrama of production, collective dramaturgy upon the empty stage of the social.
It is no longer a question of the ideology of work - of the traditional ethic that obscures the "real" labour process and the "objective" process of exploitation- but of the scenario of work. Likewise, it is no longer a question of the ideology of power, but of the scenario of power. Ideology only corresponds to a betrayal of reality by signs; simulation corresponds to a short-circuit of reality and to its reduplication by signs.
It is always the aim of ideological analysis to restore the objective process; it is always a false problem to want to restore the truth beneath the simulacrum. This is ultimately why power is so in accord with ideological discourses and discourses on ideology, for these are all discourses of truth - always good, even and especially if they are revolutionary, to counter the mortal blows of simulation.
Notes 1 Counterfeit and reproduction imply always an anguish, a disquieting foreignness: the uneasiness before the photograph, considered like a witch's trick - and more generally before any technical apparatus, which is always an apparatus of reproduction, is related by Benjamin to the uneasiness before the mirror-image.
There is already sorcery at work in the mirror. But how much more so when this image can be detached from the mirror and be transported, stocked, reproduced at will cf. The Student of Prague, where the devil detaches the image of the student from the mirror and harrasses him to death by the intermediary of this image. All reproduction implies therefore a kind of black magic, from the fact of being seduced by one's own image in the water, like Narcissus, to being haunted by the double and, who knows, to the mortal turning back of this vast technical apparatus secreted today by man as his own image the narcissistic mirage of technique, McLuhan and that returns to him, cancelled and distorted -endless reproduction of himself and his power to the limits of the world.
Reproduction is diabolical in its very essence; it makes something fundamental vacillate. This has hardly changed for us: simulation that we describe here as the operation of the code is still and always the place of a gigantic enterprise of manipulation, of control and of death, just like the imitative object primitive statuette, image of photo always had as objective an operation of black image. His discourse concerns the code, that is the third-order simulacra, but it does so still according to "scientific" schemes of the second-order - objectiveness, "scientific" ethic of knowledge, science's principle of truth and transcendence.
All things incompatible with the indeterminable models of the third-order. He participates suddenly in the creation of a reality that was only just presented to him in dots: the television watcher is in the position of an individual who is asked to project his own fantasies on inkblots that are not supposed to represent anything.
And furthermore: "The TV image requires each instant that we 'close' the spaces in the mesh by a convulsive sensuous participation that is profoundly kinetic and tactile. Doesn't emancipation of children and teenagers, once the initial phase of revolt is passed and once there has been established the principle of the right to emancipation, seem like the real emancipation of parents. And the young students, high-schoolers, adolescents seem to sense it in their always more insistent demand though still as paradoxical for the presence and advice of parents or of teachers.
Alone at last, free and responsible, it seemed to them suddenly that other people possibly have absconded with their true liberty.
Map—territory relation , e. War comes not when it is made by sovereign against sovereign not when killing for attritive and strategic neutralisation purposes is authorised; nor even, properly spoken, when shots are fired ; rather, war comes when society is generally convinced that it is coming.
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Lawrence University. Retrieved Simulacra and Simulation is most known for its discussion of symbols, signs, and how they relate to contemporaneity simultaneous existences. Baudrillard believed that society has become so saturated with these simulacra and our lives so saturated with the constructs of society that all meaning was being rendered meaningless by being infinitely mutable; he called this phenomenon the "precession of simulacra". Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources.
Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. The second stage is perversion of reality, this is where we come to believe the sign to be an unfaithful copy, which "masks and denatures" reality as an "evil appearance—it is of the order of maleficence". Here, signs and images do not faithfully reveal reality to us, but can hint at the existence of an obscure reality which the sign itself is incapable of encapsulating. The third stage masks the absence of a profound reality, where the sign pretends to be a faithful copy, but it is a copy with no original.
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Signs and images claim to represent something real, but no representation is taking place and arbitrary images are merely suggested as things which they have no relationship to. Baudrillard calls this the "order of sorcery", a regime of semantic algebra where all human meaning is conjured artificially to appear as a reference to the increasingly hermetic truth.
The fourth stage is pure simulacrum, in which the simulacrum has no relationship to any reality whatsoever. Here, signs merely reflect other signs and any claim to reality on the part of images or signs is only of the order of other such claims.
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Degrees[ edit ] Simulacra and Simulation identifies three types of simulacra and identifies each with a historical period: First order, associated with the premodern period, where representation is clearly an artificial placemarker for the real item. The uniqueness of objects and situations marks them as irreproducibly real and signification obviously gropes towards this reality.Those real things are gone now, completely replaced by signs being pumped out of the ultra-machine—they are a concept, the opposite of the concept, and everything inbefuckingtween.
They realized that this meant one of two things: Is there a lightning bolt key on some keyboards? You know it, I know it. But this becomes more and more difficult, for it is practically impossible to isolate the process of simulation; through the force of inertia of the real which surrounds us, the inverse is also true and this very reversibility forms part of the apparatus of simulation and of power's impotency : namely, it is now impossible to isolate the process of the real, or to prove the real.
What Watergate did was create a fiction moral compass of sorts.
Simulacra and simulation
Being completely simulated, it has no risk of death. Or rather: inside, a whole range of gadgets magnetize the crowd into direct flows; outside, solitude is directed onto a single gadget: the automobile. They pit themselves against one another and claim that it is a matter of life and death how else would you get young men to die for a cause?
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