Just to catch up a bit as I am just about getting the hang of blogging as I tend to just writing thoughts down to refer to. I have been reading theory for a few years now, though much out of picking pieces to read my self and getting the odd recommendation. A lot of what I found I found through articles I deemed interesting whilst going through the Leonardo press archive in whilst in Plymouth. As I came onto the course I was told Hiedegger was a big part of the last terms theory so I read most of “Heidegger, A Beginner’s Guide” by Michael Watts (publishers Hodder&Stoughton, 2001). From what I read I see why he was slow to become a established philosopher due to World War II and his position at the time. His concepts on Being are interesting as are the writings on concious, though I feel I need to reread some and read more to gain a better understanding.
Jean Baudrillard, I have read his works before, The perfect crime, some bits of Fragments, Conspiracy of art and a few others. Theory session 7/3/11, simulacra and simulation, I skyped in as the session was on a Monday rather than Weds. This I now realise is not a good method for joining a theory discussion, as I couldnt hear most of what was said and there was extra reading given out (to my great regret I also realised I have the book the reading was set on, in my locker in Uni…)
So an example of simulacra and simulation, I have been thinking about the examples I could make, I had written out music-ipod-inpod-eyepod(futurama-hyperreal) during the session. However looking at simulacra and simulation from reading the chapters send in has confused me, I read part of the book entitled simulacra and simulation a year or so ago and I have since read his later works, where he develops the ideas of simulacra and simulation and they do not really take course in 4 stages or in fact any kind of numbered stages. It is only his early work where he is just beginning to write, simulacra simulation written in 1985 apposed to his work post 2000.
So an example is an event happens, such as the minors getting stuck, this event is a simulacra, as the people are simulacra, the mine is a simulacra of a mine, the reporters are simulacra’s. This is then mediated and shown to the masses over news, TV, the image could be seen as a simulation but the story being told is a simulacra of a story this is then made into a book, a film each another state of simulacra and then a video game of a simulacra of a narrative and this continues.
Im still a bit unsure and struggling with memory as i left my Baudrillard books in Newcastle, so as soon as I get a chance I will read further and check that this is all about right.