One of the central concepts on which the ideas presented by Jean Baudrillard in ” precession of simulacra” (in Simulacra and Simulation, ). “The Precession of Simulacra” by Jean Baudrillard. Points of View and Perspectives. • To dissimulate is to pretend not to have what one has. To simulate is to. THE PRECESSION OF. SIMULACRA. Jean Baudrillard. The simulacrum is never that which conceals the truth – it is the truth which conceals that there is none.

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“The Precession of Simulacra” by Jean Baudrillard – a summary – Midnight Media Musings…

Third Order of Simulacra — summary and review. One of the central concepts on which the ideas presented by Jean Baudrillard in “precession of simulacra” in Simulacra and Simulationlrecession built is that of simulation.

Baudrillard developed his notion of symbolic trade to account for the manners in which we pe rceive and organize our world. Baudrillard identifies three orders of simulacra. The first order of simulacra is that which creates the real as distinguished from representation — the map, the novel and the painting are clearly an artificial representation of reality.


Baudrillard ties fo order of simulacrum to the Renaissance in which the attempt to accurately represent reality was the attempt to ratify its existence regardless of representation.

The second order of simulacra according to Baudrillard is that which blurs the distinction between reality and representation. He ties this development to industrialization and mechanical reproduction following Walter Benjamin’s “Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” which allows for serial production of representations that eclipses the original.

The original loses its meaning in relation to its copies. The third order of simulacra is at the center of Baudrillard’s “Precession of Simulacra”. For Baudrillard the real is always already constructed. This imagined real, which we falsely believe to be actual reality, is what we lose when we sijulacra into the third order of simulacra, that of simulation. Simulation is a real which is shielded from the difference between reality and representation.

Introduction to Jean Baudrillard, Module on Simulacra and Simulation

This difference is eroded in post modern times while simulation eradicates actual referents and the real si,ulacra separate from representation. The referent is then reproduced but only this time “free” and independent of the sing, what Baudrillard calls ” hyperreality “.


As long as we held the distinction between the real and its representation it was possible to hold on to the notion that the truth baudrillatd in the world and not it the image. The real is constructed through its opposition with representation.

But simulation breaks this distinction down and we can no longer claim that the truth is anywhere to be found in some objective world. Jean Baudrillard simulxcra, summary. Newer Post Older Post Home.