Simulacra and Simulation

I thought the section on the Holocaust was particularly interesting, and somewhat daring to talk about. He seems to essentially be saying that television has transformed this tragedy into a cold, televised memory and because of this, this history has been exterminated.

Baudrillard describes television acting as "a medium of deterrence", and he seemed a little shocked by the fact that people were filtering the media representation of the event, since this was not at all where the real danger was. To him, the real danger was the fact that it was portrayed on "cold" television in the first place.

Initially I was a little confused with his usage of the word "cold". He differentiates it from his use of the term "tragic", when I had thought that they were virtually being used the same way. There are two definitions of cold, one being the physical aspect and the other being the more emotional connotation. I think his usage seems to lean more towards the physical, literal aspect of the word to further bring out the meaningless of everything.

Thanks for bringing up the 'cold' classification of television.

I am a bit confused about what Baudrillard sees as the difference between TV and cinema--television "is no longer an image," whereas "the cinema is an image." (p. 51) Hmm, does this delineation have to do with the categorization of television in a cold system, and cinema into a hot system??

I would love some clarification here, please, if anyone knows what’s going on!