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Simulacra and Simulation by Jean Baudrillard
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This treatise is by far, one of the most thought provoking written works of the twentieth century. A philosophical look into the realm of what is perceived to be reality, is really mistaken for hyper-reality and what is symbolic, is devoid of all meaning. Society at large has become stagnate and has been neutralized by all forms of media.

Although, that which is now deemed a phantasm plaguing society from ever experiencing any form of evolution again, it has become a new "reality" embraced by the masses. Our only hope of finding meaning is through destruction in theory, not necessarily destruction in practice. Terrorism in theory, not in practice may carry with it some semblance of meaning. The object to destroy, whether in theory or in practice is the ubiquitous presence of marketing, (propaganda) whether it be political or non-political.

The introduction of another writers perception that sex and car accidents are very similar in their function, as presented in "Crash", opens the stage even further. Baudrillard has in essence killed any chance for meaning to rise to the surface.

All acts are henceforth mechanical.

The last bit of the treatise is devoted to Nihilism. But not in the traditional sense. Not really. Baudrillard makes very little mention of God, but does insist that God was once a reality and has since been rendered another phantasm. A simulacrum created through the destruction of God. A society looking for meaning in something where there is no meaning.

At least, this is how I perceived Baurdillard's intent when he wrote this fascinating work concerning "postmodern" society.

I am more than open to a critical response with evidence that displays Baudrillards intent when he wrote this treatise.
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