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Simulacra and Simulation Paperback – Feb 15 1995
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From the Back Cover
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.
About the Author
Jean Baudrillard (1929--2007) was a philosopher, sociologist, cultural critic, and theorist of postmodernity who challenged all existing theories of contemporary society with humor and precision. An outsider in the French intellectual establishment, he was internationally renowned as a twenty-first century visionary, reporter, and provocateur.
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Baudrillard¡¯s proposition has some good points on the events in cultural domain. But he goes too far.
This is a book, that if one truly comes to an understanding of, would send shivers down our spines. It questions so many facets of our culture via media, politics, socialogy...and one can use the process and the argument Baudrillard makes to any facet of our lives.
When reading this book, the reader will get overwhelmed by the complexity and awesomeness of the Baudrillard argument and way of thinking. However, this book will question your perception of reality: what is real versus what is hyperreal and how does that process take place. The simulations of events and the process of simulacrum which is now in its fourth stage. Baudrillard then takes that process and argument and applies it to specific events, places and occurences in history and throughout our culture.
While the average Joe may be perplexed and overwhelmed by Baudrillard, I feel this is a must read for anyone who is interested in the subject of what is real, what is hyperreal, and where the simulation comes into place within the simulacrum.
If you do read this book I have a good piece of advice: do not apply the The Matrix to the book, rather the see how Baudrillard's arguments coincide with some of the basic ones in the movie. Then take those arguments and apply them to anything- once that is done you will see and feel the pain of Baudrillard's argument.
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This book has so many profound observations about society in general. Baudarillard was far beyond his time because his ideas are so much more relevant for today's circumstance. Read morePublished on July 18 2013 by Richard Placzek
Yes, if reality no longer exists then why write simulations that will add to that non-existence. This is the end of the road for French non-thought. Read morePublished on March 15 2004 by Wildeguy
...I came to the conclusion that no one understood the purpose or meaning of this compilation of essays. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2003 by Wyatt Watkins
I had to read an essay of Baudrillard's for a class and even produced a paper about it - something about his ideas in The Day of the Locust. Read morePublished on June 11 2003 by Gulley Jimson
Everything you have heard about this book is true. It is dense, complicated, annoyingly analytical, and fairly pointless. Yet it's also genius. To preface... Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2003 by A. Steinhebel
Baudrillard, a false prophet of mobius confers his subaltern eschatology in reference to the social production of subjectivities. Read morePublished on Dec 19 2002
Yes "Similacra And Simulation" does appear in the Matrix. probably like the rest of you nuts, I ordered it on line the same night I slowed down that scene to see what Neo... Read morePublished on Sept. 7 2002
a fine manuscript in every sense and now the honor and distinction of a major motion picture as well? hurrah! Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2002 by sharpie
This, along with Lyotard's _The Postmodern Condition_, is perhaps one of the most famous works ever written by a Postmodern philosopher. Read morePublished on Dec 7 2001