The Absolution of a Primary Real
If Disneyland is no less real than America then America is no more real than Gibson's cyberspace. As such, Baudrillard's understanding of the absolution of a primary real negates the catagorizing of hyperspace as other. Simulation, as it "threatens the difference between the 'true' and the 'false,' the 'real' and the 'imaginary,'" works in a universalizing, rather than minoritizing, fashion.
Or perhaps, as Virilio purports, it is not an act of simulation, but substitution: "There will be two realities: the actual and the virtual. Thus there is no simulation, but substitution. Reality has become symmetrical. The splitting of reality in two parts is a considerable event which goes far beyond simulation." (Wilson, 323) This binarization of reality into the actual and the virtual is problematic in that it inherently creates a hierarchy which in turn prioritizes one catagory over the other. With simulation, it is not a matter of a division. Prioritization is no longer possible.
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