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Jean Baudrillard Excerpt from The Precession of Simulacra Overview and study questions Baudrillard’s primary concern is to identify what he finds to be a troubling social phenomenon—the proliferation of simulacra or imitations of real world things. We live in a world in which simulacra, like a virus, have spread and now govern how we perceive the world and live our lives. The opening section (complete with fake epigraph from Ecclesiastes !) provides an overview and diagnosis of the world as Baudrillard sees it, one in which there has been a “liquidation of all referentials” (1733), that is, in which not only can we not distinguish real things from their imitations, but that the imitations have taken over, that there is no “there there” one might say, no access to an authentically real world any longer. The following section (“The Divine Irreference of Images”) surveys a number of disciplines or spheres of social life in which we can see “dissimulation”—which Baudrillard distinguishes from simulation. Dissimulation pretends that there is a real world out there that can be faked; simulation undermines the idea
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