Canonical Text Presentation_ENGL 866_New Media

Welcome to my Canonical Text Presentation! 

This is the first step in wading through the digital jungles of my grappling with Jean Baudrillard and two of his texts, Simulacra and Simulation and The Illusion of the End. Don’t worry, dear electronic traveler. I tried to make my grapplings as traveler-friendly as I could because I needed to dumb down his work so I could understand what he was talking about in these texts.

But, where should you start? You don’t have to go in order. But that are the sections?

Brief summary of the texts

Key concepts

Broader implications for Baudrillard’s work

Links from the texts back to the New Media course




A little Cookie Monster for your day. Image hosted on Giphy.

A little Cookie Monster for your day. Image hosted on Giphy.



Baudrillard, Jean. The Illusion of the End. Trans. Chris Turner. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1994. Print.

Baudrillard, Jean. Simulacra and Simulation. Trans. Sheila Faria Glaser. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2006. Print.

As if this was all we need


3 Responses to Canonical Text Presentation_ENGL 866_New Media

  1. Pingback: It’s a Little Simulacra, A Little Simulation, and All Baudrillard_Reading Notes for September 29th | Dawn of the Cyborg

  2. Sarah says:

    Summerrrrrrr. Thank you for this. Me and Baudrillard, we don’t get along. That being said, through your careful explanations and thorough use of gifs, videos, and external sources my understanding of (at minimum) the simulacrum and simulation has become at least a tad bit clearer. I like the way you lay out the key concepts and provide textual definitions for each – however, I think they would have been easier to comprehend (some of them at least) if you had provided me with a kindergarten version of Baudrillard’s words 😛 Regardless, thank you for this. I will be returning to your presentation when it comes time to study for my orals!

  3. Ramona Myers says:

    After skipping through your presentation a little and then going back to begin digesting the content, I couldn’t help but chuckle with your summary title of “Just a Little Bit of Summary to Get us on our Way” because I don’t find anything about Baudrillard “little.” I’m struggling with his discussion of the real – the original of whatever we as humans are trying to copy. According to your summary, he admits that nature was made in God’s image, but I wonder if he thinks humans were also made in God’s image? If so, then he should understand our desire to create – to make; it is innate. It’s a shame that he focuses so much on entropy (the gradual decline into disorder) instead of finding hope in the ability to continue creating (a better life, a better future, etc.). As I read through his hypotheses regarding the remaking of history, I see connections with the canonical text that I read: Remediation: Understanding New Media by Bolter and Grusin. A specific connection involves the concept of absorption as newer mediations seem to engulf a previous medium and in some cases change the meaning associated with the original work. Thanks for your digital links; the YouTube video connecting Baudrillard to the movie The Matrix helped make a little bit of sense of his concepts for me (though I need to view the movie again); questioning what is real is intriguing, but as we see in the movie Inception, blurring the lines between reality and non-reality is dangerous, if not deadly.

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