"Now the real fake, the 1906 home, is maniacally faked in the museum showcase, but in such a way that it is difficult to say which objects were originally part of the room and which are fakes to serve as connective tissue in the room (and even if we knew the difference, that knowledge would change nothing because the reproductions of the reproductions are perfect and only a thief in the pay of an antique dealer would worry about the difficulty of telling them apart)" .We know that it's no longer in it's own historical time period because we're looking at it here right now. But the fact that we also know that some of it came from the original time period and is therefore real (or can be thought of as real), calls into question the whole scene. It is precisely that laying side by side of the authentic and the fake that Eco speaks about that really makes the web an example of hyperreality. And unlike the museums Eco visited, there are not even any placards on the web to help the visitor distinguish an "authentic" homepage from a "faked" home page. The whole realm becomes "Authentic Fake."
 Travels in Hyperreality, 10.
|navigation tips||physical sources||digital sources||feed me back|