Simulacra Quotes

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Roger Zelazny
“Don't wake me for the end of the world unless it has very good special effects.”
Roger Zelazny, Prince of Chaos

Jean Baudrillard
“Whence the possibility of an ideological analysis of Disneyland (L. Marin did it very well in Utopiques, jeux d'espace [Utopias, play of space]): digest of the American way of life, panegyric of American values, idealized transposition of a contradictory reality. Certainly. But this masks something else and this "ideological" blanket functions as a cover for a simulation of the third order: Disneyland exists in order to hide that it is the "real" country, all of "real" America that is Disneyland (a bit like prisons are there to hide that it is the social in its entirety, in its banal omnipresence, that is carceral). Disneyland is presented as imaginary in order to make us believe that the rest is real, whereas all of Los Angeles and the America that surrounds it are no longer real, but belong to the hyperreal order and to the order 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.”
Jean Baudrillard, Simulacra and Simulation

Adam Leith Gollner
“As Marshall McLuhan pointed out, we've become so removed from reality that we're starting to prefer artificiality.”
Adam Leith Gollner, The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce and Obsession

Daniel F. Galouye
“How do we know that even the realest of realities
wouldn't be subjective, in the final analysis? Nobody can prove his existence, can he?”
Daniel F. Galouye, Simulacron 3

Daniel F. Galouye
“Doomsday, when it came, wouldn't be a physical phenomenon; it would be an
all-inclusive erasure of simulectronic circuits.”
Daniel F. Galouye, Simulacron 3

“The strategic problem is, of course, that simulacra are reassuring only when viewed from outside. They do not provide an existential model for how to be in the world. One can appreciate the brilliance of the embalmer's work, but one would not want to be its object.”
Charles Bernheimer

“The New or Future Eve is emptied of all inner life and turned into a shell. The bitter irony in this is that her perfection recalls nothing so much as a corpse.”
Asti Hustvedt, The Decadent Reader: Fiction, Fantasy, and Perversion from Fin-de-Siècle France

Ludwig Feuerbach
“[T]he present age, which prefers the sign to the thing signified, the copy to the original[.]”
Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity

China Miéville
“Billy walked into a hall where though it was windowless there was not only light but shafts of it, ajut from the ceiling, each starting at a random point in the unbroken surface and crazy-pillaring down in random crosshatched directions, as if the room were nostalgic for moonbeams it had never seen and grew its own simulacra. He walked through and under those interlaced fat fingers of imagined light toward a waiting thing.”
China Miéville

William Shakespeare
“(...)
Kim dayanabilir zamanın kırbacına?
Zorbanın kahrına, gururunun çiğnenmesine,
Sevgisinin kepaze edilmesine,
Kanunların bu kadar yavaş
Yüzsüzlüğün bu kadar çabuk yürümesine.
Kötülere kul olmasına iyi insanın
Bir bıçak saplayıp göğsüne kurtulmak varken?
Kim ister bütün bunlara katlanmak
Ağır bir hayatın altında inleyip terlemek.
Ölümden sonraki bir şeyden korkmasa,
O kimsenin gidip de dönmediği bilinmez dünya
Ürkütmese yüreğini?
Bilmediğimiz belalara atılmaktansa
Çektiklerine razı etmese insanı?

Bilinç böyle korkak ediyor hepimizi:
Düşüncenin soluk ışığını bulandırıyor
Yürekten gelenin doğal rengini.
Ve nice büyük, yiğitçe atılışlar
Yollarını değiştirip bu yüzden
Bir iş, bir eylem gücünü yitiriyorlar.
(...)”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Jean Baudrillard
“But what becomes of the divinity when it reveals itself in icons, when it is multiplied in simulacra? Does it remain the supreme power that is simply incarnated in images as a visible theology? Or does it volatilize itself in the simulacra that, alone, deploy their power and pomp of fascination - the visible machinery of icons substituted for the pure and intelligible Idea of God?”
Jean Baudrillard, Simulacra and Simulation

Ludwig Feuerbach
“[T]hese days illusion only is scared, truth profane. … [S]acredness is held to be enhanced in proportion as truth decreases and illusion increases, so that the highest degree of illusion comes to highest degree of sacredness. Religion has disappeared, … for it has been substituted … the appearance of religion[.]”
Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity

Maggie Nelson
“... I think it possible that I have watched too many blue movies for it to have a lasting hold on me. If you grow accustomed to wall-to-wall, even the slightest shred of mystery or plot can become an agitation. Who cares why these people have found themselves in this banal, suburban tract home in Burbank? He is not a delivery man; she is not a bored housewife. They are not the stars---their orifices are. Let them open.”
Maggie Nelson, Bluets

Jean Baudrillard
“The workers, once the heroes of historical negativity, have become the transparent unemployed workforce of factories that are but simulacra. The intellectual, once the herald of historical negativity, has become the transparent clown of dissidence.”
Jean Baudrillard, Cool Memories

Jean Baudrillard
“Simulacra are today accepted everywhere in their realist version: simulacra exist, simulation exists. It is the intellectual and fashionable version of this vulgarization which is the worst: all is sign, signs have abolished reality, etc. Who would have thought ten years ago that the sign would so quickly have become part of this kind of stereotyped language? Like 'proletariat', 'dialectics' and 'the unconscious'. These terms won't even have made it to the year 2000.

The Tempest acted by mongols before an ultra-chic audience of ministers and stars. Kennedy Foundation. All the Shakespearian mongols will be received tomorrow by the Pope. A society's flirtation with its worst dregs. Who are the mongols right now?”
Jean Baudrillard, Cool Memories