Read the extract from Jean Baudrillard ‘s book Simulacra and Simulations on pps 145 – 146 of the course readerxxxv making your notes in the usual way
“The simulacrum is never that which conceals the truth–it is the truth which conceals that there is none. The simulacrum is true.”
So there is no truth. And this is hidden behind the fact that the simulacrum is true.
However, does this mean that whats left is false or a lie. one is just not correct, possibly not knowingly and the other is a known untruth for some reason.
Abstraction is creating a replica of something, that then ends up with more meaning than the original so it becomes the original. Whereas simulations used to have noticeable differences which was part of the novelty, because the replication is now so spot on in fact improving upon, its now creating the hyperreal.
So, to usurp the original, the hyperreal starts to ignore and starve out the original so that it has less meaning, then a hollow meaning, an empty sign for what it was.
Not sure if I’m supposed to carry on reading to the end of the page, but to simulate would be relevant to the films, The explanation is that to feign an illness is to pretend you are ill, and be fine. to simulate an illness, you at least have to show some of the symptoms, to dissimulate the illness, you have to deny you are ill, even though you have symptoms.
So what purpose did Baudrillard have in trying to make out this is part of the bible? is it to show that religion is a cover based on no truth? ir showing the comfort people recieve by believing the lie?
Replicants simulate humans and the matrix simulates the real now.
• Watch Blade Runner, the director’s or final cut rather than the cinema release version.
• Is Deckard human or a replicant? Make notes as to the reasons for your conclusion. What are the visual clues?
At some point all the replicants have a bought of red-eye Deckard does only once, in a bathroom scene as Rachel is also having the same effect.
Asked if he’s ever taken the test but asleep so can’t answer, leads to an ambiguity.
Roy talks to his god (maker) but can’t extend his life, so he confesses and then kills Tyrell
“Its too bad she won’t live. But then again, who does.” (shouted by Gaff as a statement rather than a question at the end to Deckard before he returns home.
Is this refering to Deckard being a replicant? He remembers it as he picks up the origami unicorn.
My problem with this is the photos on Deckard’s piano, the replicants were implanted with the memories of one of Tyrells nieces, how far back would her memories reach? also, if Deckard is previously known to the policeman in the office at the front of the movie, it implies again, a history. The replicants do not have a history, they only live a four years after accelerated growth.
Deckard Does not have superior strength throughout the film, his ability not to fall of the building at the end could just be the desire not to die.
So to the unicorn. Deckard daydreams of the unicorn running through a forest while sat at his piano. Who else would have known he dreamt that? is the origami a reference to Deckard’s memories or to myth and magic and the unknown, or Rachel’s end date?
• Watch The Matrix. Make notes as to how far the ideas of the simulacrum inform the film.
Trinity is hyperreal, she shows superhuman strength at the start of the film, this is obviously before we understand that the world is a simulation, however, this is Baudrillard’s map.
Neo hides his blackmarket hardware in a hollow book called simulacra and simulation. so what is he hiding in the book? is it software that makes the matrix better for someone, so its hiding the lie?
Mr Smiths, policing the the matrix to keep the people from finding out the big secret that their world is untrue.
Tries to enlist Neo to help trap Morpheus billed as the baddest man around (in computer crimes terms I’m guessing).
Neo is subjected to having his mouth disappear and a shrimp like machine crawls inside his navel, without damaging him and leaving a mark, giving this real world an elasticity making it malleable.
You know something, like something isn’t right, yet you don’t know what it is.
Red or blue pill, Blue pill lets him wake up in his bed in the virtual world red pill and he follows Morpheus out.
Wakes in a pod wired up, surrounded by other pods and as he becomes disconnected, he is ejected and finds his way into a ship with the others who released him.
Explanation that the simulation is used to keep what are essentially slaves happy to not realise they are batteries.
History on how the earth got scorched and when is dodgy, but in 21st C AI invented and grew using solar which was when humans mucked up the planet to stop the solar, so the AI started using humans for power.
Morpheus believes Neo is the chosen one who can change the simulation, he can see the lie and help everyone understand it for what it is, a version of the actual that uses elements to make it believable.
Baudrillard dealt with the initial Simulacrum sentence as a biblical text, so what are the links to Matrix?
The links to religion are legion, the ship is named the Nebuchadnezzar a King from the old testament, Morpheus is a believer and calls Neo the chosen one (Christ?), believing that Neo will save everyone. The name of the place outside the matrix is Zion, in Christian terms, the kindom of Heaven. Although as a reality, is this the image of Zion that anyone would choose to awaken from the matrix for?
“Do not try and bend the spoon, that’s impossible. Instead, only try to realise the truth, there is no spoon. Then you will see it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.”
Which is the simulacrum reworded and tidied up a bit.
our version of true is only as real as our certainty and comfort in it, Religion has provided the comfort we have needed for a long time, the difficulty with this film, is that the reality is the religion, so maybe that belief is the truth that needs to be realised as untrue and the matrix as an honesty is the future, or the now? Kind of a double bluff???
Smith explains first matrix was perfect but no-one believed it was real. People needed to see crops fail so the matrix is the AI construct (direct take on Baudrillard’s simulation)
Based on Baudrillard’s theory definatly, I’m not sure it shares his view on religion, all the connections linked to faith are outside the matrix and attached to the side of ‘good’. Which makes for a rounded story. However if the truth was hidden in the matrix which is the original place for religion, the story is about face from the text.
The matrix represents that which is a simulation, the story discusses the necessity to make it offer some of the symptoms of human life, whilst still stating that it represents the AI version including the hyperreal, but as spoon boy at the oracle says, there is no spoon, which leads to the further possibility to exaggerate the possibilities of the hyperreal. which only work because of their difference to the actual world.
Telegraph testing matrix theory Whilst failing to come up with a quote from Cypher I came across this link to the telegraph that says there are people out there who believe we are living in a matrix now, which has the same power to me as creationist theory. the question would be why? what possible benefit could any other intelligence have in putting us in that state? it would be less effort to just wipe us out.
Baudrillard, J(1988) Simulacra and Simulations In: Jean Baudrillard, Selected Writings, ed. Mark Poster (Stanford; Stanford University Press, 1988), pp.166-184
Blade Runner: directors cut [feature film, DVD] Production company: Time Warner Company, produced in UK, 1982, 112mins.
The Matrix; collectors edition[feature film, DVD]Production company: Time Warner company, produced in US, 1999, 123mins.
Kinder, L(2012)Scientists believe they have come close to solving the ‘Matrix’ theory,The Telegraph, 26th Oct 2012 available here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/9635166/Scientists-believe-they-have-come-close-to-solving-the-Matrix-theory.html[accessed 23rd May 2017]