This insightful book is the first to critically examine the ideas of some of the key thinkers of simulation. It addresses the work of Baudrillard, Debord, Virilio and Eco, clarifying their arguments by referring to the intellectual and social worlds each emerged from distilling what is important from their discussions. The book argues for a critical and selective use of the concept of simulation. Like the idea of ideology, simulation is a political theory, but it has also become a deeply pessimistic theory of the end of history and the impossibility of positive change. Through a series of reflections on the meaning of theme parks, warfare and computer modelling, Sean Cubitt demonstrates the strengths and limitations of the simulation thesis.
The Long Term
PART ONE: THEORIES
Values, Signs and Subjects
Technology, Information and Reason
The Poetics of Pessimism
Making Sense of Simulation
PART TWO: CASES
Disney World Culture
War in the Persian Gulf
Working with Computers
Pessimism of the Intellect, Optimism of the Will
`Overall this is an excellent book which shouuld be of interest to any social scientist who wants to keep up with the general character of understanding in our iner-disciplinary field' - The Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation
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