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Reading simulacra : fatal theories for postmodernity

Author: M W Smith
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2001.
Series: SUNY series in postmodern culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Reading Simulacra analyzes the ways in which our culture has become fatally immersed in simulation. Television, the Internet, virtual reality, and other advancements in technology and information processing have brought about an order in which simulations and digital images permeate our experiences of the world so deeply that their distinctions from reality appear seamless. Through a careful study of some of the  Read more...
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Named Person: Jean Baudrillard
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: M W Smith
ISBN: 0791450635 9780791450635 0791450643 9780791450642
OCLC Number: 45375249
Description: x, 142 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Reading simulacra: toward a bifocal approach --
Fatal strategies --
Nietzsche's legacy: the postmodern will --
Seduction, radical semiurgy, and the logic of the code --
Technology and the (dis)appearing subject: schizophrenia or seduction? --
Dehistoricized subjectivity: Reese Williams and schizoid text --
Desire, seduction, and subjectivity in Kathy Acker's novels: Blood and guts in high school and Don Quixote --
Clarence Major's My amputations: African American identity and simulacra --
Baudrillard's America: the perfect postmodern object of simulation --
Media culture on the verge of drama: hyperreal O.J. and simulacra in Oliver Stone's Natural born killers.
Series Title: SUNY series in postmodern culture.
Responsibility: M.W. Smith.

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"Reading Simulacra analyzes the ways in which our culture has become fatally immersed in simulation. Television, the Internet, virtual reality, and other advancements in technology and information processing have brought about an order in which simulations and digital images permeate our experiences of the world so deeply that their distinctions from reality appear seamless. Through a careful study of some of the most important postmodern theorists, particularly Jean Baudrillard and Deleuze and Guattari, this book puts forth two different communication strategies - "seduction" and "rupture"--For a world where the difference between what is real and what is simulated has disappeared. In an attempt to discern meaning from this contemporary situation, M.W. Smith examines a range of contemporary texts that have, in the past, resisted traditional analysis. These include the O.J. Simpson trial, Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers, Reese Williams's A Pair of Eyes, Kathy Acker's Blood and Guts in High School and Don Quixote, Clarence Major's My Amputations, and Baudrillard's America - all of which represent the obscenity of hypersignified existence."--Jacket.

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