Simulation is no longer that of a territory, a referential being, or a substance. . simulacra and of simulation, in which there is no longer a God to recognize his. Simulacra and Simulations from Jean Baudrillard, Selected Writings, ed. Mark Poster (Stanford; Stanford University. Press, ), pp The simulacrum . Jean Baudrillard: Simulacra and Simulations. The simulacrum is never that which conceals the truth—it is the truth which conceals that there is none.
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Baudrillard has developed a theory to make intelligible one of the fascinating and . In Simulacra and Simulations () Baudrillard extends, some would say. Simulacra and Simulations. “ It is more difficult for us to imagine the real, History, the depth of time, or three- dimensional space, just as before it was difficult from. Baudrillard_Jean_Simulacres_et_simulation_pdf (file size: MB, MIME type: application/pdf). Expand view. Jean Baudrillard.
E Therefore order always opts for the real Army e. F Therefore all hijacks etc. An order based on referents can do nothing about the recurrence of simulation so power detaches from aims and is dedicated to power effects. I When power was threatened by the real it risked simulation.
When power is now threatened by simulation it risks the real crises But it is too late!! J Production of goods no longer makes sense in our era of hysterical production and reproduction of the real; hence contemporary material production is hyperreal.
Therefore not political but demanded and consumed. M Work no longer stake or violence ; work also has become a need a demand like leisure Concealing that work-real has disappeared [Sloterdijk] Stakes become a doubling of the work process.
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Nelson; D. You park outside, queue up inside, and are totally abandoned at the exit. In this imaginary world the only phantasmagoria is in the inherent warmth and affection of the crowd, and in that aufficiently excessive number of gadgets used there to specifically maintain the multitudinous affect.
The contrast with the absolute solitude of the parking lot - a veritable concentration camp - is total. Or rather: inside, a whole range of gadgets magnetize the crowd into direct flows; outside, solitude is directed onto a single gadget: the automobile. By an extraordinary coincidence one that undoubtedly belongs to the peculiar enchantment of this universe , this deep-frozen infantile world happens to have been conceived and realized by a man who is himself now cryogenized; Walt Disney, who awaits his resurrection at minus degrees centigrade.
The objective profile of the United States, then, may be traced throughout Disneyland, even down to the morphology of individuals and the crowd.
All its values are exalted here, in miniature and comic-strip form. Embalmed and pactfied. Whence the possibility of an ideological analysis of Disneyland L. Marin does it well in Utopies, jeux d'espaces : digest of the American way of life, panegyric to American values, idealized transposition of a contradictory reality.
To be sure. But this conceals something else, and that "ideological" blanket exactly serves to cover over a third-order simulation: Disneyland is there to conceal the fact that it is the "real" country, all of "real" America, which is Disneyland just as prisons are there to conceal the fact that it is the social in its entirety, in its banal omnipresence, which is carceral.
Disneyland is presented as imaginary in order to make us believe that the rest is real, when in fact all of Los Angeles and the America surrounding it are no longer real, but of the order of the hyperreal and of simulation. It is no longer a question of a false representation of reality ideology , but of concealing the fact that the real is no longer real, and thus of saving the reality principle. The Disneyland imaginary is neither true nor false: it is a deterrence machine set up in order to rejuvenate in reverse the fiction of the real.
Whence the debility, the infantile degeneration of this imaginary. Moreover, Disneyland is not the only one. Enchanted Village, Magic Mountain, Marine World: Los Angeles is encircled by these "imaginary stations" which feed reality, reality-energy, to a town whose mystery is precisely that it is nothing more than a network of endless, unreal circulation: a town of fabulous proportions, but without space or dimensions.
As much as electrical and nuclear power stations, as much as film studios, this town, which is nothing more than an immense script and a perpetual motion picture, needs this old imaginary made up of childhood signals and faked phantasms for its sympathetic nervous system.
Political incantation Watergate. Same scenario as Disneyland an imaginary effect concealing that reality no more exists outside than inside the bounds of the art ficial perimeter : though here it is a scandal-effect concealing that there is no difference between the facts and their denunciation identical methods are employed by the CIA and the Washington Post journalists.
Same operation, though this time tending towards scandal as a means to regenerate a moral and political principle, towards the imaginary as a means to regenerate a reality principle in distress.
The denunciation of scandal always pays homage to the law. And Watergate above all succeeded in imposing the idea that Watergate was a scandal - in this sense it was an extraordinary operation of intoxication: the reinjection of a large dose of political morality on a global scale. It could be said along with Bourdieu that: "The specific character of every relation of force is to dissimulate itself as such, and to acquire all its force only because it is so dissimulated"; understood as follows: capital, which is immoral and unscrupulous, can only function behind a moral superstructure, and whoever regenerates this public mocality by indignation, denunciation, etc.
But this is still only the formula of ideology, and when Bourdieu enunciates it, he takes "relation of force" to mean the truth of capitalist domination, and he denounces this relation of force as itself a scandal: he therefore occupies the same deterministic and moralistic position as the Washington Post journalists. He does the same job of purging and revivihg moral order, an order of truth wherein the genuine symbolic violence of the social order is engendered, well beyond all relations of force, which are only elements of its indifferent and shifting configuration in the moral and political consciousnesses of people.
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All that capital asks of us is to receive it as rational or to combat it in the name of rationality, to receive it as moral or to combat it in the name of morality. For they are identical, meaning they can be read another way: before, the task was to dissimulate scandal; today, the task is to conceal the fact that there is none. Watergate is not a scandal: this is- what must be said at all cost, for this is what everyone is concerned to conceal, this dissimulation masking a strengthening of morality, a moral panic as we approach the primal mise-en- scene of capital: its instantaneous cruelty; its incomprehensible ferocity; its fundamental immorality - these are what are scandalous, unaccountable for in that system of moral and economic equivalence which remains the axiom of leftist thought, from Enlightenment theory to communism.
Capital doesn't give a damn about the idea of the contract which is imputed to it: it is a monstrous unprincipled undertaking, nothing more. Rather, it is "enlightened" thought which seeks to control capital by imposing rules on it. And all that recrimination which replaced revolutionary thought today comes down to reproaching capital for not following the rules of the game.
It is the left which holds out the mirror of equivalence, hoping that capital will fall for this phantasmagoria of the social contract and furfill its obligation towards the whole of society at the same time, no need for revolution: it is enough that capital accept the rational formula of exchange. Capital in fact has never been linked by a contract to the society it dominates. It is a sorcery of the social relation, it is a challenge to society and should be responded to as such.
It is not a scandal to be denounced according to moral and economic rationality, but - challenge to take up according to symbolic law. Moebius: spiralling negativity Hence Watergate was only a trap set by the system to catch its adversaries - a simulation of scandal to regenerative ends. This is embodied by the character called "Deep Throat," who was said to be a Republican grey eminence manipulating the leftist journalists in order to get rid of Nixon - and why not?
All hypotheses are possible, although this one is superfluous: the work of the Right is done very well, and spontaneously, by the Left on its own.
Besides, it would be naive to see an embittered good conscience at work here. For the Right itself also spontaneously does the work of the Left. All the hypotheses of manipulation are reversible in an endless whirligig. For manipulation is a floating causality where positivity and negativity engender and overlap with one another; where there is no longer any active or passive.
It is by putting an arbitrary stop to this revolving causality that a principle of political reality can be saved.
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It is by the simulation of a conventional, restricted perspective field, where the premises and consequences of any act or event are calculable, that a political credibility can be maintained including, of course, "objective" analysis, struggle, etc. But if the entire cycle of any act or event is envisaged in a system where linear continuity and dialectical polarity no longer exist, in a field unhinged by simulation, then all determination evaporates, every act terminates at the end of the cycle having benefited everyone and been scattered in all directions.
Is any given bombing in Italy the work of leftist extremists; or of extreme right-wing provocation; or staged by centrists to bring every terrorist extreme into disrepute and to shore up its own failing power; or again, is it a police-inspired scenario in order to appeal to calls for public security? All this is equally true, and the search for proof- indeed the objectivity of the fact- does not check this vertigo of interpretation. We are in a logic of simulation which has nothing to do with a logic of facts and an order of reasons.
Simulation is characterized by a precession of the model, of all models around the merest fact- the models come first, and their orbital like the bomb circulation constitutes the genuine magnetic field of events. Facts no longer have any trajectory of their own, they arise at the intersection of the models; a single fact may even be engendered by all the models at once.
This anticipation, this precession, this short-circuit, this confusion of the fact with its model no more divergence of meaning, no more dialectical polarity, no more negative electricity or implosion of poles is what each time allows for all the possible interpretations, even the most contradictory - all are true, in the sense that their truth is exchangeable, in the image of the models from which they proceed, in a generalized cycle.
The communists attack the socialist party as though they wanted to shatter the union of the Left. They sanction the idea that their reticence stems from a more radical political exigency. In fact, it is because they don't want power. But do they not want it at this conjuncture because it is unfavorable for the Left in general, or because it is unfavorable for them within the union of the Left - or do they not want it by definition?
When Berlinguer declares, "We mustn't be frightened of seeing the communists seize power in Italy," this means simultaneously: 1 That there is nothing to fear, since the communists, if they come to power, will change nothing in its fundamental capitalist mechanism. All the above is simultaneously true.
This is the secret of a discourse that is no longer only ambiguous, as political discourses can be, but that conveys the impossibility of a determinate position of power, the impossibility of a determinate position of discourse. And this logic belongs to neither party. It traverses all discourses without their wanting it. Who will unravel this imbroglio? The Gordian knot can at least be cut.
As for the Moebius strip, if it is split in two, it results in an additional spiral without there being any possibility of resolving its surfaces here the reversible continuity of hypotheses. Hades of simulation, which is no longer one of torture, but of the subtle, maleficent, elusive twisting of meaning4 - where even those condemned at Burgos are still a gik from Franco to Western democracy, which finds m them the occasion to regenerate its own flagging humamsm, and whose indignant protestation consolidates in return Franco's regime by uniting the Spanish masses against foreign intervention?
Where is the truth in all that, when such collusions admirably knit together without their authors even knowing it?
And isn't it the same with desire and libidinal space? The conjunction of desire and value, of desire and capital. The conjunction of desire and the law; the ultimate joy and metamorphosis of the law which is why it is so well received at the moment : only capital takes pleasure, Lyotard said, before coming to think that we take pleasure in capital. Overwhelming versatility of desire in Deleuze: an enigmatic reversal which brings this desire that is "revolutionary by itself, and as if involuntarily, in wanting what it wants," to want its own repression and to invest paranoid and fascist systems?
A malign torsion which reduces this revolution of desire to the same fundamental ambiguity as the other, historical revolution. All the referentials intermingle their discourses in a circular, Moebian compulsion. Not so long ago sex and work were savagely opposed terms: today both are dissolved into the same type of demand.
Formerly the discourse on history took its force from opposing itself to the one on nature, the discourse on desire to the one on power: today they exchange their signifiers and their scenarios.
It would take too long to run through the whole range of operational negativity, of all those scenarios of deterrence which, like Watergate, try to revive a moribund principle by simulated scandal, phantasm, murder - a sort of hormonal treatment by negativity and crisis. It is always a question of proving the real by the imaginary; proving truth by scandal; proving the law by transgression; proving work by the strike; proving the system by crisis and capital by revolution; and for that matter proving ethnology by the dispossession of its object the Tasaday.
Without counting: proving theater by anti-theater; proving art by anti-art; proving pedagogy by anti-pedagogy; proving psychiatry by anti-psychiatry, etc. Everything is metamorphosed into its inverse in order to be perpetuated in its purged form. Every form of power, every situation speaks of itself by denial, in order to attempt to escape, by simulation of death, its real agony. Power can stage its own murder to rediscover a glimmer of existence and legitimacy.
Thus with the American presidents: the Kennedys are murdered because they still have a political dimension. Others - Johnson, Nixon, Ford - only had a right to puppet attempts, to simulated murders.
But they nevertheless needed that aura of an art ficial menace to conceal that they were nothing other than mannequins of power. In olden days the king also the god had to die - that was his strength. Today he does his miserable utmost to pretend to die, so as to preserve the blessing of power. But even this is gone. To seek new blood in its own death, to renew the cycle by the mirror of crisis, negativity and anti-power: this is the only alibi of every power, of every institution attempting to break the vicious circle of its irresponsibility and its fundamental nonexistence, of its deja-vu and its deja-mort.
Strategy of the real Of the same order as the impossibility of rediscovering an absolute level of the real, is the impossibility of staging an illusion. Illusion is no longer possible, because the real is no longer possible. It is the whole political problem of the parody, of hypersimulation or offensive simulation, which is posed here.
For example: it would be interesting to see whether the repressive apparatus would not react more violently to a simulated hold up than to a real one?
For a real hold up only upsets the order of things, the right of property, whereas a simulated hold up interferes with the very principle of reality.
Transgression and violence are less serious, for they only contest the distribution of the real.
Simulation is infinitely more dangerous since it always suggests, over and above its object, that law and order themselves might really be nothing more than a simulation. But the difficulty is in proportion to the peril. How to feign a violation and put it to the test? Go and simulate a theft in a large department store: how do you convince the security guards that it is a simulated theft?And this imaginary world is supposed to be what makes Disneyland itself so successful.
Nobody wants it anymore, so they unload it onto others like some kind of disease, all the while freaking out incredibly hard that it might disappear and leave us in a primal anarchy that would make Cormac McCarthy squeal with delight.
Like a fucking funeral photo. He killed a million people. Enter the email address you signed up with and we'll email you a reset link. Download pdf.
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