(noun) image representation / (noun) an insubstantial form or semblance of something; trace (plural: simulacra)
the deceptively attractive idea that finance is a simulacrum and that what is needed is a return to the true economy
he disagrees with this because of the accounting problem (re: intangibles)
Our age is characterized by the proliferation of ‘simulacra’: a ‘replacement of reality by signs of reality’.
texts which were once thought to represent Truth or History increasingly came to be described as simulacra of representation