February 10, 2007

random thought

Whereas representation tries to absorb simulation by interpreting it as false representation, simulation envelops the whole edifice of representation as itself a simulacrum.

These would be the successive phases of the image:

1 It is the reflection of a basic reality.

2 It masks and perverts a basic reality.

3 It masks the absence of a basic reality.

4 It bears no relation to any reality whatever: it is its own pure simulacrum

Baudrillard, 1988

Are virtual worlds pure simulacram?

No – because even they are grounded in the practice of the body (Taylor, 2002). So does anything exist as pure simulacram? Probably not. So nothing is hyperreal? Or maybe I haven’t got Baudrillard. Need more coffee…

Jean Baudrillard, Selected Writings, ed. Mark Poster (Stanford; Stanford University Press, 1988), pp.166-184
http://www.stanford.edu/dept/HPS/Baudrillard/Baudrillard_Simulacra.html accessed 10.2.07


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