Sean Cubitt Simulation and Social Theory

Here is Cubitts definition of Simulation

‘Simulation: a copy without a source, an imitation that has lost its original. The theory of simulation is a theory about how our images, our communications and our media have usurped the role of reality, and a history of how reality fades. Though it speaks at length of our mediated world, at its heart simulation is a philosophy of reality and of our changing relations with it.’ (p. 1)

‘Like the concept of ideology, simulation is a political theory, but it has also become a far more pessimistic theory, a theory of the endless reduplication of the same.’ (p. 5)


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