It’s Magic!

Baudrillard’s 3rd Order of Hyperreality: There is a reversal between the real and the representation, such that the representation precedes the real, and in fact, produces it. What it produces is “hyperreality”. Baudrillard posits that this has become our dominant way of understanding and experiencing the world.

Living just outside the world’s most popular theme park destinations comes with a special portion of head-scratching hoopla. Many attempts to draw in the tourists that Disney and Universal has already drawn in don’t last more than a month or two. Others manufacture a successful gimmick that enables them to explode and build multiple locations. And sometimes those gimmicks are painful to look at: vibrant reminders that very few of the people surrounding me at any time know anything about the reality of this place where I live. People seldom come here to visit what’s real here: the beautiful cypress swamps or what little is left of “natural Florida”. People come to visit the compounds of hyperreality built by entertainment corporations and to experience having their hard-earned cash magically disappear from their pockets. If one should happen to come out with money still in pocket, one need only remember the obligation to purchase discount souvenirs to take home to those that didn’t merit the full-priced, higher-quality versions. You’ll find at your disposal numerous locations adept at the magic of tourist cash transference available to happily help out.

"Gift Shop", Nikon D800, ISO 1600, f/5.0 at 1/50sec., 28mm

“Gift Shop”, Nikon D800, ISO 1600, f/5.0 at 1/50sec., 28mm

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9 comments

  1. Love this post, especially your observations on tourist-y areas. I observe the same thing here (especially with the hype surrounding Tokyo Disneyland, etc) and it’s a bittersweet feeling. If I ever have the chance to visit Florida, you can bet I’ll head for the “natural” areas 😀

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  2. I love this Brothers-Grimm-meets-Stephen-King photograph: it’s the gift shop that appears along lonely roads on rainy nights and then disappears after someone enters. The one car and one person contemplating the window display perfectly tell the story: “No! No! Don’t go in!” But they always do. 🙂

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      1. Earl, I actually liked your narrative better than mine, both for your own thoughtful commentary and your reference to Baudrillard’s ideas about hyperreality. You keep me working the Wikipedia for sure.

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