Baudrillard takes 164 pages of dense writing to propose unsubstantiated claims that could have been written over ten pages at the most, as if he were paid by the word. He frequently invents words and creates new definitions for already existing ones.
My favourite passage:
`Nihilism no longer wears the dark, Wagnerian, Senglerian, fuliginous colors of the end of the century. It no longer comes from a weltanschuung of decadence nor from a metaphysical radicality born of the death of God and of all the consequences that must be taken from this death. Today's nihilism is one of transparency, and it is in some sense more radical, more crucial than in its prior and historical forms, because this transparency, this irresolution is indissolubly that of the system, and that of all the theory that still pretends to analyze it. (Page 159)
The main simulation I see here is that of communication itself, and as Baudrillard might say, the implosion of meaning!!
Amazon, please reclassify under fiction.