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- (University lecturer) Lecturer is an academic rank. In the United Kingdom, lecturer is a position at a university or similar institution, often held by academics in their early career stages, who lead research groups and supervise research students, as well as teach.
- Not physically existing as such but made by software to appear to do so
- Almost or nearly as described, but not completely or according to strict definition
- (virtually) in essence or effect but not in fact; “the strike virtually paralyzed the city”; “I’m virtually broke”
- virtual(a): existing in essence or effect though not in actual fact; “a virtual dependence on charity”; “a virtual revolution”; “virtual reality”
- Relating to the points at which rays would meet if produced backward
- virtual(a): being actually such in almost every respect; “a practical failure”; “the once elegant temple lay in virtual ruin”
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Baudrillard considers how human cloning — as well as the “cloning” of ideas and social identities — heralds an end to sex and death and the divagations of living by instituting a realm of the Same, beyond the struggles of individuation. In this day and age when everything can be cloned, simulated, programmed, and genetically and neurologically managed, humanity shows itself unable to brave its own diversity, preferring instead to regress to the pathological eternity of self-replicating cells. By reverting to our viral origins as sexless immortal beings, we are, ironically, fulfilling a death wish, putting an end to our own species as we know it.
Next, Baudrillard explores the “nonevent” that was and is the turn of the millennium. He provocatively puts forward the thesis that the arrival of the year 2000 could never take place because we could neither resolve nor leave behind our history, nor could we stop counting down toward our future. For Baudrillard, the millennial clock reading to the millionth of a second on its way to zero is the perfect symbol of our time: history decays rather than progresses. In closing, Baudrillard examines what he calls “the murder of the real” by the virtual. In a world of copies and clones in which everything can be made present in an instant by technology, we can no longer even speak of reality. Beyond Nietzsche’s symbolic murder of God, our virtual world free of referents is in the process of exterminating reality, leaving no trace: “The corps(e) of the Real — if there is any — has not been recovered, is nowhere to be found.”
Peppered with Baudrillard’s signature counterintuitive moves, prophetic visions, and dark humor, The Vital Illusion exposes the contradictions that guide our contemporary culture and rule our lives.