First published 1981

I’ve just been doing my morning zap around my sites, friend’s blogs, twitter feeds, e-mails, Amazon rankings, etc. And then my eyes alighted on my old copy of Simulacra and Simulation by Jean Baudrillard.

Para two:

Today abstraction is no longer that of the map, the double, the mirror, or the concept. Simulation is no longer that of a territory, a referential being, or a substance. It is the generation by models of a real without origin or reality: a hyperreal. The territory no longer precedes the map, nor does it survive it. It is nevertheless the map that precedes the territory – precession of simulacra – that engenders the territory, and if one must return to the fable, today it is the territory whose shreds slowly rot across the extent of the map. It is the real, and not the map, whose vestiges persist here and there in the deserts that are no longer those of the Empire but ours. The desert of the real itself.

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3 Responses to First published 1981

  1. OS says:

    I got lost after the first sentence. I’ll stick to ChiffS book, which I’m reading slowly each day as I wait to pick up Swiss’s boys from skool, and is fabulous. She’s replaced Richard Llewellyn as my favourite author. Sorry, winger, but that puts you down to third place in the novel stakes. But you are way ahead of Andy McNab. Ugh! 😉


  2. makemeadiva says:

    Run that past Brian Sewell.

    He has a lot of apoplectic invective about the “inner post-modern landscape”.

    And there’s part of me that agrees with him. There’s another part that thinks: silly old fool.

  3. Chiffs says:

    Today is the round window.
    No, hang on, that was yesterday; today is the square window.

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