BaudrillardSumm - The argument between the simulacrum and...

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Blair Brejtfus 7664162 Elizabeth: Thurs 3PM Baudrillard Summary In Jean Baudrillard’s article “Simulacra and Simulation” he discusses the idea of loss of reality within our world that is substituted by a fake reality, the simulacrum. “The simulacrum is never what hides the truth- it is truth that hides the fact that there is none.” is a quote by Ecclesiastes that Baudrillard uses at the start of his essay to set a tone for the entire piece. Although Baudrillard’s language is hard to follow, he does a good job explaining the difference between “real” and “imaginary”. He uses the example of faking sick as a way to explain. When one fakes sick, he lies in bed and acts like he is feeling symptoms of an illness. By doing this, the person actually does exhibit some of the symptoms of sickness and therefore cannot be treated as “true” or “false” but rather somewhere in between where medicine does not help. The simulacrum also questions religion and God.
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Unformatted text preview: The argument between the simulacrum and religion is that religion is actually a simulacrum itself and uses a false God to present a false reality that many people live within. An interesting point that Baudrillard makes is the use of Disneyland to portray the rest of America as being “real”. By Disneyland being a place filled with imaginary wonder and fun where one can escape from the “real” world to go to, it thus makes the “real” world actually seem real even though it is also an imaginary world. This imaginary world has a preconceived view of real world events. Hijackings, bombings, kidnappings etc. are all in a way to be expected. The media already has a way of presenting them and reacting to them. In a way, these events are irreal because of the manner in which they are portrayed. The use of signs as reality and how what we see as “real” is actually just a spoon-fed representation, by use of these signs, of something that was “real”....
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course ARTST 1A taught by Professor Tachian during the Winter '07 term at UCSB.

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