Tag: Jean Baudrillard

Simulacra and Simulation

Jean Baudrillard’s Simulacra and Simulation describes the “hyper-real” plane that has developed and reverberates through our lives. You can find it all throughout the U.S.: Disneyland, strip malls, Cancun’s in Red Hook. They are all simulations. He describes how today, we reinjection the natural into new synthetic forms; we drive to the gym to stare out the window while running…

The Death of The Panopticon

The element of Jean Baudrillard’s Simulacra and Simulation that I am finding the trickiest is his claim that the rise of media that induce simulation also lead to the “End of the panoptic system” (Baudrillard, 29). Placed in the context of his inquiry into the Loud family, as the first televised attempt to pierce “lived reality in order to put…

There is no medium anymore

While Jean Baudrillard’s piece was very confusing, one of the most clear depictions to me was how in today’s society there is no mediums anymore. “We are no longer in the society of spectacle, of which the situationists spoke, nor in the specific kinds of alienation and repression that is implied. The medium itself is no longer identifiable as such,…