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What Is Hyperreality?

Hyperreality is a condition in which a person is not able to distinguish between the real and the unreal or imagined. One other way to describe hyperreality is as an enhanced reality. There are certain individuals who, for different reasons, become more in tune or involved with the hyperreal world and not with the real world.

There are many who think that hyperreality is a product of what is happening in society today. In post modern philosophy, hyperrealism is related in large part to semiotics, or the study of signs that we find in life and finding out what it means.

One way of truly knowing what hyperreality is, is by observing the culture of celebrity in present society. The celebrities or media personalities who reach a certain point in their career where practically everything in their lives is being handled by another person is deemed to be living in a world that is hyperreal. They no longer have the ability to meet, mingle and interact with other people in normal situations or circumstances. These are celebrities that are already imprisoned in their own hyperreality.

Another form in which hyperreality can exist is through what is called as reality by proxy. This is a case wherein a person absorbs or assumes another person’s version of reality and assumes that it is his own. For example, people who watch soap operas sometimes develop a perspective about interpersonal relationships that is largely influenced by the people who write the soap opera. The “dramatic” relationships that are shown on screen are a form of heightened reality that for some people, is seen as real. They are unable to view the reality of a particular real life social situation without having to relate it to something they had seen on the soap.

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