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Hyperreality and Simulation

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Hyperreality and simulation are two closely related concepts, which are generally linked to the French theorist Jean Baudrillard. In short, hyperreality refers to a simulation (i.e., copy) of reality, which is considered as more real than reality itself. For example, we believe in the images of reality given by mass media rather than in reality itself. In this sense, the concept of identity belongs to hyperreality as well: We believe in the idea of identity rather than in identity itself; we act as if identity ...

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