Hyperreality, Simulation, Spectacle

An effective simulation will not merely deceive one into believing in a false entity, but in fact signifies the destruction of an original reality that it has replaced – Jean Baudrillard

Hyperreality is a special kind of social reality in which a reality is created or simulated from models, or defined by reference to models – a reality generated from ideas. Examples of types of Hyperrealities are Virtual Reality, movies like Wall-E, The Matrix and The Truman Show. In hyperreality, simulators seek to make all of reality coincide with their models of simulation or in other terms, it blurs the lines between the real and the fake. The result is that ‘the real is no longer real’.

It leads me to question what hyperreality might mean to our society in the future. If we can’t distinguish between the real and the fake, are we already in some form of Hyperreality already?

I found a video that goes into detail about Jean Baudrillard Hyperreality in Cinema which focuses mainly on The Truman Show and was very interesting to me.

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