File spoon-archives/baudrillard.archive/baudrillard_2001/baudrillard.0109, message 14

Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2001 23:26:50 -0500
Subject: Re: Hello

>Watching the tv news saturation of the "Attack on America" I was 
>struck by the way the anchors, on several occasions, compared teh 
>attack to the movies. I remember one specific occurrence in which a 
>correspondent was explaining the way the narrow streets of NYC 
>created a wind tunnel that sucked a cloud of debris across blocks of 
>downtown. He said it was just like the movie Independence Day. The 
>model precedes the real.

I'm not sure that the "model" precedes the real, but that the 
image-already-in-our-brains or, perhaps to use some Baudrillardian 
terminology, the (visual) simulation precedes the real ... don't you 
think the "model" for the filmic image was based on "scientific" 
testing in wind tunnels?


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