Shards Of Simulation
First English, dan Nederlands.
"The philosopher has every right to proclaim illusion as the main theme of philosophy, because in the last analysis any meaning and any meaningfulness is an illusion, and we are wallowing in illusions about anything and everything every second we exist. Do we really desire it to be otherwise?"
- last sentences of the greeting text at the Illuseum in Ghent, a museum of illusions; personal translation
The Western world is very busy bursting apart into shards of simulation. Pornography, photography, electronic music, American movies, web "art," all kinds of televised nonsense: our culture of simulation is only the simulation of culture; all our technology is obviously spectacle technology which is used primarily as a happy escape from reality, as a happy escape from anything difficult, as a happy escape from thought (see also the chapter "The Rejection Of Difficulty And Understanding" in Michael Foley's Age Of Absurdity).
The resulting loss of reality