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Simulation and the Intersubjective Creation of Meaning
Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS), Center for Social Analysis (CESAM).
1998 (English)In: Paideusis - Journal for Interdisciplinary and Cross-Cultural Studies, ISSN 1454-2978, Vol. 1, 121-129 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the information-society the production of culture and meaning has reached a level of simulation (Baudrillard). With the new technologies developed for the distribution of information (INTERNET, Satellite-TV etc.) this simulated culture and meaning confronts with the intersubjective creation of meaning in face-to-face interaction. The creation of meaning on an individual level is primarily founded on the senses. This meaning is by definition subjective and not necessarily easy to communicate. On the intersubjective level meaning is created through the spoken word. This creation of meaning takes place in face-to-face interaction with an intimate relation to praxis. It is situational, which means that there is constant reference made to a shared reality. This intersubjective creation of meaning is constantly confronted with the production of culture and meaning in the informationsociety. This production is of course aimed at consumers and is therefore produced in order to be significant. But as the globalisation of culture increases so does the distance between the producers and the consumers. There is no shared praxis to which this production refers. We have reached a level of simulation where production refers not to a shared reality, but to differently produced culture and meaning. This constant confrontation between the local intersubjective creation of meaning and the global production of culture and meaning is the field where the fruitful development of culture now takes place. We live in a constant flow, where our creation of meaning takes place under the influence of a global production of meaning.

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Vancouver, Canada: Canadian Philosophy of Education Society (C P E S) , 1998. Vol. 1, 121-129 p.
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simulation, global-local, intersubjective meaning, production of meaning, creation of meaning.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-24979OAI: diva2:710044
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