It’s the end of the semester as we know it….

In a follow-up to Simulacra and Simulation, Baudrillard noted that "at Disney World in Orlando, they are even building an identical replica of the Los Angeles Disneyland, as a sort of historical attraction to the second degree, a simulacrum to the second power. It is the same thing that CNN did with the Gulf War: a prototypical event which did not take place, because it took place in real time, in CNN's instantaneous mode. Today, Disney could easily revisit the Gulf War as a worldwide show. "

As the Fall semester draws to a close, this seems like a fitting time for one final blog assignment. In a short (3-4 paragraph) blog posting, please address the following topics:

  • What course-related themes/topics would you like us to discuss further during Monday’s lecture?
  • What was your favorite reading of the semester? Why?
  • What was your least favorite¬†reading of the semester? Why?
  • Revisit that least favorite reading and refresh your memory by quickly skimming the pages. Can you locate at least one idea, passage, or extended argument that you found to be somewhat interesting or useful? Please elaborate.
  • What are your plans for next semester and beyond? What types of courses are you taking? Will you study abroad? Assuming that the world doesn’t come to an end in December 2012, what sorts of experiences do you see on the horizon?
That’s all there is to it. Please be sure to also include at least one relevant image. The image might connect to ideas in your blog posting, or it might be a single image that you think crystallizes key themes in this course. This blog posting is due no later than 7:00 am on Monday, December 5th.
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