"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."
I read a short story in Junior High where people had evolved to the point that they only used their minds and their bodies existed for the sole purpose of providing life support for the brain and consciousness to exist. They didn't move, they sat linked mentally to their computers and had no physical activity. (Thinking back, how did they procreate? Somebody was moving somewhere, just sayin'). When I read that definition of hyperrealism, especially this part of it, 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. It really brings home that our minds are constantly creating. When we give our minds an idea, it runs with it, as far as it can go and throws it as high as it can get and blows it up as big as it will become. And we do that with everything.
Now for some people that may be a great thing. For people who lack impulse control that can be dangerous. Everything gets a re-creation by the brain. Everything gets magnified, amplified and personified. Everything becomes everything. And everything matters. We sit at computers and weep reading a story that accompanies a photograph only to find out three minutes later when a pragmatic friend posts a Snopes link that the whole thing was a hoax. We weep over untruths and then feel betrayed for being gullible. We pass on links to missing children that end up untrue. We spread death faster than the media. How disposable are we going to make lives? What comes next when we mock the dead openly in public forums where their friends and families can read? Everything becomes a post. And every post becomes irrelevant as soon as the next post flies from our fingers.
I want more meaning in my life than this. Don't you? If you link to this blog on Facebook I will personally come kick your butt!