Zizek talks about symbolic authority which is another essential characteristic that we have been discussing as part of the postmodern. In other discussions, we have talked about Baudrillard's simulacra, which parallels to Zizek.

Zizek provides an example of the coin and how this coin "is always sustained by the guarantee of some symbolic authority." He then presents a following quote that seems to be saying that its physical property is only good for providing the "mere carrier of its social function" (19).

Therefore, if due to wear-and-tear, the coin falls apart, it is simply replaced yet retains the same meaning. Essentially, I related this to previous discussions of how the original is lost as copies are being continuously made until we are only left with the simulacra or simulation.

If Zizek believes that commodity is what our world is concentric to, the fact that he is relating our coin system to simulacra seems to translate into a possible claim about our values and understanding of our reality is based on meaningless images and simple symbology.