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  • 1. Baudrillard Simulacra & hyper-reality
  • 2. Simulacra
    • In Postmodernity codes are ambiguous
    • texts reflect other texts rather than anything real
    • the world becomes simulated with no attachment to anything natural (eg: apples not tasting like apple drinks)
    • a deviation and perversion of imitation itself - a false likeness (Plato)
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    • Explains the way in which simulations or copies that are replacing the real artefacts so that increasingly reality becomes redundant
    • We can longer distinguish between the real and the representation of the real
    • Irish/Australian pubs. Jerry Springer. American Coffee shops, news events, music
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  • 7. Simulacra and The Matrix
    • A world that is "more real than real" - that replaces reality with its simulation of reality
    • “ What is Real?" underlies the characters' actions, as they move in and out of "reality" and its simulation
    • "it is the real that has become our true utopia- but a utopia that is no longer in the realm of the possible, that can only be dreamt as one would dream of a lost object"
    The Trueman show – Bladerunner – Minority Report – Alice in Wonderland
  • 8. Baudrillard: Hyper-reality
    • The media dominate our perception of the outside world - representing a world that is more real than that which we can experience.
    • Media = hyper-reality
    • Reality encountered in the world is a pale shadow of this.
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    • Your mind loses the ability to distinguish reality from fantasy, and begins to engage with the latter without understanding what it is doing.
    • Fulfillment or happiness is found through simulation and imitation of a transient simulacrum of reality, rather than any interaction with any "real" reality.
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    • Watching soap operas for a long time can develop a view of interpersonal relationships that is determined by the writers of the soap. The extreme dramatic relationships in soaps are a heightened form of reality that some people relate to as being real. Such people begin to judge social relationships and situations by this heightened reality.
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  • 12. Task
    • They will come up with situations/places where reality becomes redundant and debate the merits of.