Simulations (Foreign Agents Series) by Jean Baudrillard

By Jean Baudrillard

Baudrillard's bewildering thesis, a daring extrapolation on Ferdinand de Saussure's basic idea of basic linguistics, is actually a scientific imaginative and prescient of latest client societies the place symptoms don't refer anymore to whatever other than themselves. all of them are generated via the matrix.

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When it has totally disappeared, logically we will be under the total spell of power-a haunting memory already foreshadowed everywhere, manifesting at one and the same time the compulsion t o get rid of it (nobody wants it any more, everbody unloads it on others) and the apprehensive pining over its loss. Melancholy for societies without power: this has already given rise t o 45 lean Baudrillard facism, that overdose of a powerful referential in a society which cannot terminate its mourning. But we are still in the same boat: noneof o u r societies knows how t o manage its mourning for the real, for power, for the social ifself, which is implicated in this same breakdown.

One remains among principles, and there power is always right. Hyperreality and simulation are deterrents of every principle and of every objective; they turn against power this deterrence which is so well utilised for a long time itself. For, finally, it was capital which was the first to feed throughout its history on the destruction of every referential, of every human goal, which shattered every ideal distinction between true and false, good and evil, in order to establish a radical law of equivalence and exchange, the iron law of its power.

But you won’t succeed the web of artificial signs will be inextricably mixed u p with real elements (a police officer will really shoot o n sight; a bank customer will faint and die of a heart attack; they will really turn the phoney ransom m e r to you)-in brief, you will unwittingly find yourself immediately in the real, one of whose functions is precisely t o devour every attempt at simulation, to reduce everything t o some reality-that’s exactly how the established order is, well before institutions and justice come into play.

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