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    Hyperreality

    What does everyone think about hyperreality? I was thinking about it and consumerism and I'm starting to get... I dunno, disillusioned? Is America as close to hyperreality as an entire country could get? Are we living in a big fantasy world?

    If something is hyperreal, yet it exists, was it ever hyperreal in the first place? I'm having an existential situation here lol.


    I know some of you are going to ask. I'm not talking about hyperrealism as in art, or some hypercube (those are cool in theory, too. Almost as hard to comprehend lmao). I'm not talking about a medical condition like dissociative disorder either. I'm talking philosophy.

    This is what my interpretation of it is. When you're conciousness begins to stop distinguishing reality from fantasy, that's hyper reality. Think of supermodels and pornography and fast food and theme parks. It's not real and has no substance or meaning. "Enhanced" reality but really there's no substance. Blending reality and a representation of reality until the line disappears. Simulations and representations that don't REALLY mean anything. Like signs. Signs everywhere all around us but they don't really mean anything. Brand X means you're sexy or have money or are athletic but you're REALLY not.

    Is our reality real? Or are our expectations of what IS real false, but since we think them then they become real at least on some level? Kind of like, it's real because we think it is.

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    materialism in a sense?

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    No not really. More than that. It's not about the material objects, but rather what they represent. It doesn't have to be a thing, but a place like a casino or a fancy restaurant or a video or a magazine. The idea of a thing.

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    man, how many antihistamines did you TAKE?
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    LMAO!!!! Whoo lmao that's REALLY funny man lmao I almost hurt myself laughing lmao. I don't take Diphenhydramine And at that note, can you believe that Mozilla doesn't recognize "Diphenhydramine" in the spell check, but it DOES know what triphenylstibine is?

    Here's the wiki to hyperreality. Wiki sticky tiki taky. Sweet.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperreality

    EDIT: I was viewing who's online and I saw someone reading this thread, and I thought it said "Hypersexuality"... oh boy! Sign me up baby!

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    I'm too tired to think about this and it's applications in the real world, but I will say that hypercubes are awesome!

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    "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?"

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    So is it like schizophrenia or what? I read that Wikipedia page and it's sooooo confusing.

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    No no no it is NOT any sort of mental illness whatsoever It's just a philosophical theory.

    For example, a casino is a fantasy world where there's nothing but money luxury, a porno is a fantasy world full of beautiful people with unrealistic sex, a fast food chain is a fantasy world with endless, identical food. Pretty soon we start living in these fantasy worlds even though they don't exist.

    Taken from wiki:

    Most aspects of hyperreality can be thought of as "reality by proxy." For example, a viewer watching pornography begins to live in the non-existent world of the pornography, and even though the pornography is not an accurate depiction of sex, for the viewer, the reality of "sex" becomes something non-existent. Some examples are simpler: the McDonald's "M" arches create a world with the promise of endless amounts of identical food, when in "reality" the "M" represents nothing, and the food produced is neither identical nor infinite.

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