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Hyperreality, or excessively real reality

According to Wiley, hyperreality refers to the paradoxical concept of a reality that is experienced as excessively real – it describes phenomena that are deemed to be more real than the real itself.
As Wikipedia explains, hyperreality is used in semiotics and postmodern philosophy to describe a hypothetical inability of consciousness to distinguish reality from a simulation of reality, especially in technologically advanced post-modern societies. Hyperreality is a way of characterizing what our consciousness defines as “real” in a world where a multitude of media can radically shape and filter an original event or experience.

Reality is not always probable, or likely – Jorge Luis Borges

Hyperreality gathers technological, economical, political and other ambits. Some of its related topics are:

And some renowned theorists of hyperreality are:

The last one, Umberto Eco, understood that we create realistic fabrications in an effort to come up with something that is better than real – a description that is true of virtually all fiction and culture, which gives us things that are more exciting, more beautiful, more inspiring, more terrifying, and generally more interesting than what we encounter in everyday life.

Hyperreality is usually treated by postmodern philosophy, and analyzes themes such as Matrix or Disney World. If you are more interested in it, you could visit our class-record about hyperreality, related topics and further infomation.

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