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Some of these copies are merely substandard replications--a Philly cheesesteak at a Subway in Des Moines, for instance--and some are simulacra, copies of things with no original, which is what I'm guessing we experienced that night in Greece.
The Great Hip Hop Hoax is not merely a tale about the constructed nature of celebrity; it also urges wider consideration of popular culture's often seamless blending of reality and fiction, and the cultural capital afforded to copies memes, and simulacra.
Simulacra and abject both imply greater significance of art.
da Rimini echoes Warhol's example of simulacra with pictures of geishas: in one they are in color (see Figure 4), in the other they are in black and white and the image is blurred (see Figure 5).
The "individual projects are the simulacra and behind them is the database of characters and settings" (53).
Finally, reality is unentangled, facts reappear again, brought into the daylight, and simulacra are gone.
Like the early twentieth-century work of Giorgio de Chirico--which Perez Villalta admires greatly--these images make use of mannequins or simulacra of bodies, which serve as templates for memories or as references to these now ghostly people.
Anyone (academic or not) can pick up Tex[t]-Mex and find a worthwhile passage because Nericcio connects Derrida to cartoons and Speedy Gonzales to simulacra storytelling.
Perhaps this boy/man is ultimately an exaggerated symptom of what we now know as the postmodern condition, in which "reel" bodies are only ever simulacra or recycled phantoms of themselves, mere flashes of light in the cosmic spectacle of the (lost) society.
2) Baudrillard places the postmodern age in what he classifies as the third order of simulacra, which is dominated by a "precession of simulacra," where the representation precedes and determines the real, as "copies without originals.
Like a special effect in a movie, the simulacra confuses/fuses "the factual (or operational if you prefer) and the virtual; the ascendancy of the 'reality effect' over the reality principle" (Ward, 2003, p.
We also know, as he does, that these pictures of light, these simulacra, do inspire wonder, do remind us that, for all our scientific marvels and technological advances, we remain unfinished and searching.