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“Simulacra and Simulation” QA

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Roshni Sheth FLL-2D February 4, 2010 Jean Baudrillard’s “Simulacra and Simulation” Q/A Q: How is the idea of simulation that Baudrillard describes related to the idea of cultural diversity? A: In Jean Baudrillard’s “Simulacra and Simulation,” he explains that once people simulate some type of action or behavior, they will begin to believe that it is part of their nature. This is similar to our class discussion of how Africans are now acting “spiritual” because that is how Westerners perceive them. They continue to simulate this spirituality until they believe it is part of their nature in reality. While Baudrillard uses the examples of medicine and the army, this ideology can be applied to culture as well. Culture is not necessarily the way of life of a people, but it can be the effect of how outsiders perceive a group. When the group discovers this
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Unformatted text preview: perception, which may or may not be accurate, they unconsciously begin to simulate certain behaviors to match the stereotype. Using this way of thinking, culture is something that is merely created, and true diversity is not something that can be achieved. As a result, diversity must also be simulated. There is a perception that assembling a group of people of different races creates diversity, but by labeling people as a certain race or type of person, barriers are formed, which in reality counteracts what diversity truly is. Because of false perceptions, diversity is simply a symbol and the true meaning of the word diversity is lost, until the false meaning transforms to replace the true meaning....
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