In GITS SAC 2nd GiG, what was the original inspiration for the concept of "many copies, no original"?

Does the concept have a name in real life? Or was it just a concept the writers created just for the show?

  • It's too complicated for me to write about it in English, but it's based on Salingers short story "The Laughing Man" and the idea is called Simulacra which was investigated by Jean Baudrillard. Whoever wants to write an answer, can look it up. Maybe this question helps you, too.
    – looper
    Oct 3, 2013 at 18:55
  • Note: The term "Stand Alone Complex" is also used, but not very often. I've only seen it to describe Anonymous yet.
    – looper
    Oct 3, 2013 at 18:56
  • @looper: That answers my question. I thought it dealt with economics and how various people can solve the same problem without knowledge of one another. I was extremely off. If you want, you can just copy/paste your comments as an answer... so I can give you credit for answering the question.
    – dgo.a
    Oct 3, 2013 at 21:12

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This was a comment first, but converted to an answer.

The hole idea is called Simulacra and was investigated by Jean Baudrillard. The original inspiration was Salingers short story "The laughing Man".

The concept is now also known as "Stand Alone Complex", but it's not frequently used, except (for example) for the group Anonymous.

Also, this question may have some additional information.

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