Jean Baudrillard The Hyper-Realism

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Jean Baudrillard
The Hyper-realism of Simulation

In Baudrillard's essay “The Hyper-realism of Simulation (originally published in 1976), He stresses that the use of media, signs, and symbols has overloaded our culture to the point that “reality itself, as something separable from signs of it …vanished in the information-saturated, media-dominated contemporary world” (J.Baudrillard, 2006). Mass Media i.e television, photography, and advertising have shaped and our human interaction and experience to the point that “reality”, our reality, becomes unrecognisable unless it is re-produced by the media, simulated. Truth and reality will always be intertwined and translated to a certain point where our culture can no longer tell the differences between what we know to be reality and fantasy. Baudrillard calls this blurring and misconception of experience and reality “hyper-reality”.

Hyper-reality is a direct result of
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As art, fantasy, becomes more and more reliant on its diversity on signs and symbols, and a need for people to fully understand them without being able to tell them to function, hyper-realism blends them into one another, reality and art. Baudrillard goes even further to assert that not only are life and art indistinguishable through the of simulation and reproduction, but that “reality itself is hyper-realistic…now the whole of everyday political, social, historical, economic reality is incorporated into the simulative dimension of hyperrealism; we already live out the ‘aesthetic’ hallucination of reality” (J.Baudrillard,

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