dissimulate is to pretend not to have what one has. To simulate
is to feign to have what one doesn't have. . . [P]retending,
or dissimulating, leaves the principle of reality intact: the
difference is always clear, it is simply masked, whereas
simulation threatens the difference between the 'true' and the
'false,' the 'real' and the 'imaginary.'"1a
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."1b
live in a world where there is more and more information,
and less and less meaning."1c
Cloning. . .d
The Father and the Mother have disappeared, not in the service of
an aleatory liberty of the subject, but in the service of a
matrix called code. No more mother, no more father:
a matrix. And it is the matrix, that of the genetic
code, that now infinitely "gives birth" based on a functional mode
purged of all aleatory sexuality."1
. . . [C]loning
enshrines the reiteration of the same: 1+1+1+1, etc. . . .
This is how one puts an end to totality. If all information can be
found in each of its parts, the whole loses its meaning. . ."1e
is lost is the original . . ."1f
university is in ruins . . .
fundamentally that it is only a zone of the shelter and
surveillance of a whole class of a certain age, it therefore has
only to select -- it will find its elite elsewhere, or by other
means. Diplomas are worthless . . ."1g
Power . . . no longer believes in the university.
is no more hope for meaning. And without a doubt this is a
good thing: meaning is mortal. But . . . appearances, they are
immortal, invulnerable to the nihilism of meaning or of
This is where seduction begins."
Italics in the original.
1 Jean Baudrillard
Simulacra and Simulation.
Translated by Sheila Faria Glaser. Ann Arbor, MI: The University
of Michigan Press, 1994. Originally published in French by
Éditions Galilée, 1981.
Precession of Simulacra, at 3.
Implosion of Meaning in the Media, at 79.
Story, at 96-97.
Spiraling Cadaver, at 149-150.
Nihilism, at 164.