Jean Baudrillard. The orders of Simulacra.
The orders of simulacra increase as it becomes less and less possible to trace the origins of the simulations. In effect the orders of simulacra functions as a process whereby total simulacra is achieved. They are orders of simulation that progress until the difference between the true and false has collapsed. Ultimately the simulacra is indistinguishable from the real. This is a historical process.
According to Baudriallard, the world is constructed on the representation of representations.
“Simulacra and Simulation” breaks the sign-order into 4 stages:
1) The first stage is a faithful image/copy, where we believe, and it may even be correct, that a sign is a “reflection of a profound reality” (pg 6), this is a good appearance, in what Baudrillard called “the sacramental order”.
2) The second stage is perversion of reality, this is where we come to believe the sign to…
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