Simulacra and Simulation

Simulacra and Simulation
Title Simulacra and Simulation PDF eBook
Author Jean Baudrillard
Publisher University of Michigan Press
Pages 174
Release 1994
Genre Art
ISBN 9780472065219

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Develops a theory of contemporary culture that relies on displacing economic notions of cultural production with notions of cultural expenditure. This book represents an effort to rethink cultural theory from the perspective of a concept of cultural materialism, one that radically redefines postmodern formulations of the body.




Simulacra and Simulation

Simulacra and Simulation
Title Simulacra and Simulation PDF eBook
Author Jean Baudrillard
Publisher
Pages 184
Release 1994
Genre Art
ISBN

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This book marked the author's first important step toward theorizing the postmodern condition. Moving away from Marxist and Freudian approaches, he develops here a theory of contemporary culture that relies on displacing economic notions of cultural production with notions of cultural expenditure, using the concepts of the simulacrum (the copy without an original) and simulation to address the concept of mass reproduction and reproduciability characteristic of electronic media culture.




Simulations

Simulations
Title Simulations PDF eBook
Author Jean Baudrillard
Publisher Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Pages 160
Release 2016-09-09
Genre
ISBN 9781537503912

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Simulations never existed as a book before it was "translated" into English. Actually it came from two different bookCovers written at different times by Jean Baudrillard. The first part of Simulations, and most provocative because it made a fiction of theory, was "The Procession of Simulacra." It had first been published in Simulacre et Simulations (1981). The second part, written much earlier and in a more academic mode, came from L'Echange Symbolique et la Mort (1977). It was a half-earnest, half-parodical attempt to "historicize" his own conceit by providing it with some kind of genealogy of the three orders of appearance: the Counterfeit attached to the classical period; Production for the industrial era; and Simulation, controlled by the code. It was Baudrillard's version of Foucault's Order of Things and his ironical commentary of the history of truth. The book opens on a quote from Ecclesiastes asserting flatly that "the simulacrum is true." It was certainly true in Baudrillard's book, but otherwise apocryphal.One of the most influential essays of the 20th century, Simulations was put together in 1983 in order to be published as the first little black book of Semiotext(e)'s new Foreign Agents Series. Baudrillard's bewildering thesis, a bold extrapolation on Ferdinand de Saussure's general theory of general linguistics, was in fact a clinical vision of contemporary consumer societies where signs don't refer anymore to anything except themselves. They all are generated by the matrix.In effect Baudrillard's essay (it quickly became a must to read both in the art world and in academe) was upholding the only reality there was in a world that keeps hiding the fact that it has none. Simulacrum is its own pure simulacrum and the simulacrum is true. In his celebrated analysis of Disneyland, Baudrillard demonstrates that its childish imaginary is neither true nor false, it is there to make us believe that the rest of America is real, when in fact America is a Disneyland. It is of the order of the hyper-real and of simulation. Few people at the time realized that Baudrillard's simulacrum itself wasn't a thing, but a "deterrence machine," just like Disneyland, meant to reveal the fact that the real is no longer real and illusion no longer possible. But the more impossible the illusion of reality becomes, the more impossible it is to separate true from false and the real from its artificial resurrection, the more panic-stricken the production of the real is.




The Perfect Crime

The Perfect Crime
Title The Perfect Crime PDF eBook
Author Jean Baudrillard
Publisher Verso Books
Pages 172
Release 2020-05-05
Genre Philosophy
ISBN 1789603730

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In his new book, perhaps the most cogent expression of his mature thought, Jean Baudrillard turns detective in order to investigate a crime which he hopes may yet be solved: the "murder" of reality. To solve the crime would be to unravel the social and technological processes by which reality has quite simply vanished under the deadly glare of media "real time." But Baudrillard is not merely intending to lament the disappearance of the real, an occurrence he recently described as "the most important event of modern history," nor even to meditate upon the paradoxes of reality and illusion, truth and its masks. The Perfect Crime is also the work of a great moraliste: a penetrating examination of vital aspects of the social, political and cultural life of the "advanced democracies" in the (very) late twentieth century. Where critics like McLuhan once exposed the alienating consequences of "the medium," Baudrillard lays bare the depredatory effects of an oppressive transparency on our social lives, of a relentless positivity on our critical faculties, and of a withering 'high definition' on our very sense of reality.




Seduction

Seduction
Title Seduction PDF eBook
Author Jean Baudrillard
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Pages 192
Release 1991-01-15
Genre Social Science
ISBN 9780312052942

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Examines modern critical theory, feminism, and psychoanalysis, and discusses the modern concept of sex roles and the political aspect of human sexuality.




Symbolic Exchange and Death

Symbolic Exchange and Death
Title Symbolic Exchange and Death PDF eBook
Author Jean Baudrillard
Publisher SAGE
Pages 281
Release 2016-12-15
Genre Business & Economics
ISBN 1473998409

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"This is easily Baudrillard’s most important work.... Anyone who wants to understand the complexity and provocativeness of Baudrillard’s richest period must read this text." – Douglas Kellner




America

America
Title America PDF eBook
Author Jean Baudrillard
Publisher Verso
Pages 148
Release 1989
Genre History
ISBN 9780860919780

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In this, his most accessible and evocative book, France’s leading philosopher of postmodernism takes to the freeways in a collection of traveler’s tales from the land of hyperreality.