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At 9:53pm on July 13, 2009, Dazzling Zoomer Gal Diana said…
Re:So, you were reading Umberto Eco in a homeless shelter and the book kept disappearing? And you wondered why?
Traveling Through Hyperreality With Umberto Eco

An early description of the way contemporary culture is now full of re-creations and themed environments was provided by Umberto Eco. 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. In his description of Disney, Eco also saw that behind the facades lurks a sales pitch. Put these ideas together and you have a succinct characterization of the age, which is forever offering us something that seems better than real in order to sell us something. That makes Umberto Eco one of the forerunners of contemporary thinking on this subject.

~ Thought you might enjoy this ;-D
At 5:10pm on July 13, 2009, Dazzling Zoomer Gal Diana said…
What Whozzo said.

Be my friend or I'll BITE you! :
At 3:47pm on July 11, 2009, Amanda T. Wills said…
Thank you kindly for the add ZenDog. I look forward to getting to know you! Smiles.
At 3:43pm on July 7, 2009, kainsworth said…
Good to see that you've met us on the other side.
At 3:43pm on July 7, 2009, Whozzo said…
HA!
Crossroad
At 7:16pm on July 6, 2009, Mark Mentzer said…
Hey ZD good to see you here. I've started up the "Left Wing Politics" group here - http://teebeedee.ning.com/group/leftwingpolitics. Also, you might find my "The Beat Generation" group of interest - http://teebeedee.ning.com/group/thebeatgeneration.

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