We are in the process of transitioning from an analog. objective, real, physical world into a digital, subjective, surreal world. And this process of transformation is happening in every facet of our civilization
But what we are experiencing is a transformation of what is accepted as reality, when it isn’t reality: it is synthetic.
In this discussion enters Jean Beaudriallard and his understanding of hyperreality the creation of synthetic reality, which is not reality at all: it is the creation of something that is more real than real.
It is beyond propaganda, but propaganda is certainly utilized.
It is the creation of simulacra and simulation.
And in this world of simulacra, we are being told to ignore objective reality and embrace hyperreality: an unreality that has no connection with that which it claims to represent.
Our way of life, our media, our news and our body politic are now guided by the ever-changing synthetic world of the hyperreal.
Join Michael O’Fallon as he explores this topic on this week’s The Causes of Things.
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