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Welcome. You know the drill: I write stuff and put it up here, and you guys read it (or not). Maybe even write something back, or contact me ’bout it. Every time I give someone my URI, I’m sure I’ll be asked will be about the name. Simulacra. I’m going to provide some helpful links here, for those who like looking things up themselves. For others’ benefit, here’s a short explanation, which may not be exactly right, as it is what I think the word should mean: Simulacra (plural, singular form is simulacrum) are vague images of things past, or impressions of things that don’t exist yet. The traditional definition of a simulacrum is a copy of a copy when no original exists, or has been lost. I think that simulacra are becoming more and more relevant in today’s world. You see them every time someone makes a pop culture reference. When you do something just because everyone else is doing it, and the reason everyone else is doing it is that everyone things that everyone else is doing it. If you do check up the meaning online, I applaud you. You may come across this quote:
The simulacrum is never that which conceals the truth—it is the truth which conceals that there is none. The simulacrum is true. —from Ecclesiastes
I like it best when fiction gets muddled up with fact, and no one’s the wiser. I like observing such times. When the game has no rules, you’ve gotta make ’em up on the fly…

Comment (1)

  1. Ankur wrote::

    first … comment ;-)

    Wednesday, September 6, 2006 at 18:28 #