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.