‘Nietzsche foretold that it would be our fate to live through a process of reversal of the real. Today many of us find ourselves confronted with the loss of the illusion of the real and the disappearance of reality into hyperreality. The reality of the world has always been its illusion, the symbolic play of signs and referents, and the subsequent loss of the power to exert illusion is perilous. According to Baudrillard: ‘Illusion is no longer possible. It has always braked the real, but now no longer holds; and we are witness to the unfurling of the real in a world without illusions…’ 

M.W. SmithReading Simulacra: Fatal Theories for Postmodernity

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