Faith in Fakes: Travels in Hyperreality · Umberto Eco Snippet view – Bibliographic information. QR code for Faith in Fakes. Travels in Hyperreality has ratings and reviews. This is a book about glamour, about lies, about untruths and fake news and was presciently written. I like to pick books at random and wander for a bit. Sometimes these wanderings take me places I want to go and find rewarding, other times.

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Faith in fakes : travels in hyperreality

As Umberto Eco himself says, No everyday experience is too base for the thinking man. Please verify that you are not a robot.

I’ll try another one one of these days. In the tradition of Barthes’ Mythologies and yet a more potent work, Eco’s meditations are sharper, more keen and simultaneously intensive and extensive. Books by Umberto Eco. Looking at it, today, it reads like a strange combination of Postmodern philosophy and something out of the Sunday travel section, full of sardonic descriptions and exaggerated denunciations that focus on the cultural shortcomings of America. And if any of Eco’s conclusions here annoy you, a remedy may be the delightful episode of This American Life called “Simulated Worlds” from October 11, and actually inspired by Eco’s essay.

The book touches on themes of the present day, such as “culture jamming” and “fake news” and is absolutely essential reading. His doctor says the only cure is to remove his testicles. I already knew that. As perhaps, in the future, only historians will ask what we understand about our world.

Travels in Hyperreality by Umberto Eco. Not unexpectedly, it leads him to the “absolutely fake cities,” Disneyland and Disney World, with their re-created main streets, imitation castles and lifelike, animatronic robots. Please enter the message.

Travels in Hyperreality

I will not recount all ten here, but the important point about the whole exercise is that the Middle Ages, as historical time period, is not the point.

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They seem, instead, to share a teleological source, a general impulse, that is characterized by viewing everything always through the matrix of semiotics well, that, and an encyclopedic knowledge of cultural references, arcane and popular, that allows me to menta There are at least two Umberto Ecos: I cannot say that I enjoyed this book; Eco always writes as if his audience just graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Western Civilization, and at times he is just too much trouble to read, much less understand.

But wandering is important. Just know that minus one or two essays – in particular the one about blue jeans this is not light reading. So what is Faith in Fakes? It’s true that at times the book tends to wander and wander from idea to idea, around and around a message without making that message clear.

A public mention by an author that he dislikes sports is something I have never come across before in print.

The other essay I read, “Cogito Interruptus”, is largely a critique and appreciation of Marshall McLuhan, which, if you are a McLuhan nerd like me, you’ll be all into, but otherwise might not grab you. The hyperreality one is good–he traveled around the United States to examine how we construct different realities.

Umberto Eco’s Travels in Hyperreality was an impulsive used bookstore purchase. Wow how do you do that asks the fellow? For example, in the essay “Towards a Semiological Guerrilla Warfare,” he explores the disparity between controlling a medium and controlling a message.

The tailor looks at him and says you wear a 38 shirt with 34 sleeves. Let’s hop in a holographic car for an eclectic adventure. In his description of Disney, Eco also saw that behind the facades lurks a sales pitch.

And he can be pretty funny.

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Some of his critiques of American culture in the begini A collection of essays by Umberto Eco from the seventies and early eighties written in the Italian Press and collected and translated into english. Allow this favorite library hyperrealiyy be seen by others Keep this favorite library private.

I happen to agree with the author about sports.

Umberto Eco and His Travels in Hyperreality

In a brilliant essay, Eco saw that we create these 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.

As such, i won’t give this one a rating.

As I have said, all of Eco’s work and I suspect, his life relies upon semiotic thinking, but Travels in Hyperreality may be the finest example I have yet read of his ability to translate into easily readable prose the dense patterns of meaning fzith signification that persist all around us in everyday life. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Trvels View all editions and formats. Like most of his books of popular essays, Eco requires you to have a huge frame of reference though and you may be looking up both medieval figures and pop culture of the s. Search WorldCat Find items in libraries near you. Account Options Sign in. Preview — Travels in Hyperreality by Hyperreallity Eco. Would you also like to submit a review for this item? Jan 22, Rand rated it really liked it Shelves: