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  1. Pop art is not a simulacrum. A can of soup and Marilyn Monroe are real physical objects. A simulacrum is a representation of a nonexistent reality.�

    Do you remember the video with the rocket from Putin's press conference? This is a simulacrum. Putin is standing there, talking about some kind of miraculous weapon. There is no way to check whether the Wunderwaffe really exists. We see flashing images that seem to have been cut out of a computer game. But Putin's speech is designed to hide from us the fact that there may not be a rocket. The image replaces a real object that doesn't exist.

    A simulacrum is, for example, the legendary bluesman Marvin Pontiac. He has a biography and albums. There is only one missing – Marvin Pontiac was invented by John Lurie, as well as the meme about the “bear”.

    P. S. An extremely broad interpretation of the concept of simulacrum is also possible, but in this case it is simply identical with the semiotic sign, and the entire human culture consists of simulacra in this broad sense and can consist of nothing else. This interpretation easily finds support in theory, but it seems to me a doubling of concepts. In Baudrillard's hierarchy of signs, the simulacrum in the narrow sense is what he discovered and problematized.

  2. No, but I have an old Soviet joke about it.

    Baudrillard comes to the copy center one day and says, ” Make me a copy.” They tell him: “Come on.” And he's surprised: “What should I give?”. “Well, what's the point of making a copy? The original”. “But no original,” Baudrillard says. “I'll get a copy without the original, I'll get a simulacrum.” Well, they did not offend the philosopher, they made him a simulacrum, a respected person after all. Only since then, postmodernists were not allowed in this copying center.

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