Getting a bit of an initial handle on Simulacra and Simulation .
So… postmodernism says everything is contextual. There is no absolute truth, or grand narratives for people to follow ideologically.
If we have no grand narratives for people to follow in a postmodern society, what might happen?
One thing Baudrillard says is that rampant consumerism becomes a way of creating identity in the absence of it being provided from elsewhere.
And that as everything is so mediated, the way most people experience the world becomes a simulation of the actual reality of things. See The Gulf War Did Not Take Place. I hope I’m not adding to this state of affairs by listening to a podcast about the book rather than reading the book.