05 May 2011

Semiotic Hyperreality

Thinking of Umerto Eco's, Travels in Hyperreality: Essays (Picador Books) after the 'deathing' of Usama Bin Laden. Where
"Hyperreality is used in semiotics and postmodern philosophy to describe a hypothetical inability of consciousness to distinguish reality from fantasy, especially in technologically advanced postmodern cultures."
With this in mind, please find a poll which relates Al-qaeda to hyperreality using defintions given by Baudrillard, Eco and, er, the Conspiraloon Alliance. Sad as it seems, all three sources have greater credibility than the MSM.

pollcode.com free polls
Is Al-Qaeda

"The simulation of something which never really existed."
"An authentic fake."
"A Gonzo terrorist organisation"


Update 6th June 2011. For those who find the distinction between reality and hyperreality confusing consider Cary Grant.

Cary Grant never existed, he was the creation of someone called Archie Leach
"My family name is Leach. To which, at my christening, was added Archibald Alexander, with no opportunity for me to protest. For more than half my fifty-eight years I have cautiously peered from behind the facade of a man known as Cary Grant."
which he did with the help of the Hollywood entertainment industry.

Archie Leach was real, Cary Grant hyperreal. Cary Grant was the simulation of something (someone) that didn't exist; he was an authentic fake. Archie may sometimes be tongue tied, Cary never so; Archie may snore in bed, his hair may sometimes be unkept, he may be poor company; but in the case of the hyperreal Cary, none of this was true.


  1. I voted.


    - Aangirfan

  2. I've had a lot of hits on this post; perhaps you were one of the few readers who understood the idea being presented.