Simulacrum

The simulacrum is never that which conceals the truth – it is the truth which conceals that there is none.
The simulacrum is true.

Ecclesiastes

Abstraction today 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 survives it. Henceforth, it is the map that precedes the
territory – PRECESSION OF SIMULACRA – it is the map that engenders the
territory and if we were to revive the fable today, it would be the territory whose
shreds are slowly rotting across the map. It is the real, and not the map, whose

Jean Baudrillard

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