Marxism and the Truman Show

Topics: Hyperreality, Reality, Simulated reality Pages: 10 (3033 words) Published: May 10, 2011
1.  Introduction  
The  Truman  Show  has  a  lot  to  say  about  the  culture  and  society  we  live  in  today.    It  is  one  of  those   lot.....and  we  ended  up  with  this  presentation,  where  we  shortly  show  how  The  Truman  Show  can  be   and  the  principals  of  Marxism

person’s  reality  is  constructed  by  how  they  experience  and  interpret  their  personal  reality,  and  also   believes  that  the  outcome  of  your  experience  is  not  certain  and  universal  but  relative  and  incomplete.     It  questions  the  rationalization  of  generally  accepted  ideas  of  certain  groups,  cultures,  traditions  or   races  and  focuses  on  truths  relative  to  each  people.     explanation  for  everything  for  everybody  (Faith  and  Reason).

3.  Why  is  Truman  Postmodern?
shows  how  each  person’s  world  is  relative  to  their  experiences  and  interpretation  of  the  world  around   them.     person’s  own  reality  and  creates  meaning  for  them.     In  order  to  do  this,  it  creates  a  world  within  a  world  -­  an  utopian  like  world  within  the  movie.    And   throughout  the  movie,  it  exposes  the  structures  of  this  world.    It  is  skeptical  about  everything  in   Truman’s  world,  including  the  media,  the  people  he  loves,  his  friends,  the  company  he  works  for,  his   memories,  his  upbringing,  his  aspirations,  his  home  and  his  habits.     Through  this  perfect,  constructed  world,  it  tries  to  show  how  our  own  world  is  constructed  similarly   are  constantly  at  work  to  create  his  world.  

4.  What  is  Hyper-­reality?
Hyperreality  can  be  described  as  the  failure  of  the  consciousness  to  draw  distinctions  between  reality   and  fantasy,  especially  in  technologically  advanced  progressed  postmodern  cultures  as  we  live  in   today.(Hyperreality.    2010)  Cultural  representations  are  not  measured  against  a  particular  human   reality,  but  become  automatically  accepted  in  the  culture.   representation,  mirroring  a  particular  real,  but  it  is  now  a  “model  of  a  real  without  any  origin”  and  that   is  the  hyperreal.    So  there  is  no  longer  a  real,  and  a  representation,  it  is  only  the  hyperreal  that  exists   and  alters  the  real  (Baudrillard  1988). This  hyperreal  is  produced  from  ideas  from  people’s  memory  storage  and  authoritative  models,  which   allows  the  hyperreal  to  not  make  sense  or  be  rational,  because  it  is  not  measured  against  an  original  

representation  still  leaves  the  real  complete.    But  because  the  simulation  produces  signs  of  the   real,  the  real  loses  its  meaning  and  can  not  be  accepted  as  the  truth  anymore,  because  it  can  be   simulated  (Baudrillard  1988). This  simulation  with  its  system  of  signs  has  the  ability  to  “murder”  the  real.    In  today’s  world,  people   2

think  that  a  sign  could  refer  to  a  meaning,  and  have  depth  of  meaning.    In  other  words,  that  the  sign   could  exchange  for  meaning.    

that  murders  the  real,  because  the  real  never  has  to  be  produced  again  (Baudrillard  1988). is  relevant  because  of  the  sign  exchange  value.  The  one  brand  may  show  that  the  product  is   fashionable  and  the  other  brand  advertises/sells  wealth,  thus  consumerism  can  be  seen  as  a   important  contributing  factor  to  the  creation  of  hyperreality.  Hyperreality  deceives  the  consciousness   into  breaking  free  from  any  real  emotional  commitment  rather  choosing  false  simulation  and  nonstop   the  temporary  simulacrum  of  reality,  rather  than  any  affection  on  the  “real”  reality  (Hyperreality  2010). There  are  three  orders  of  simulacra.    

and  the  simulacrum  tries  to  portray  an  ideal  image  of  the  real.    For  example  a  painting,...
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