After a long day of classes and homework, I decided to watch an episode of one of my favorite shows; The Carrie Diaries. Logging onto Netflix, I clicked a random episode from season one and pressed play. The title of this particular episode was named “Lie With Me.” I automatically knew it was going to be about Donna trying to steal Sebastian away from Carrie…once again. As I kept watching, however, I realized it was more about lying, or faking things in order to get what you want.
As the episode continued, the conflict with “Bitchy Barbara” (Carrie’s internship advisor) came about. Always bossing Carrie around, she gave a massive amount of work to the young intern expecting it to be done by the end of the business day. As Carrie sat down, she received a call from the Larissa Loughlin telling her to bring her fabulous purse down to a photo shoot in Brooklyn. Torn between her two commitments, Carrie knew she would never get a chance to work with Larissa again if she didn't take the chance. Taking her purse, and all the files she had to get done, she ran off.
Once Carrie arrived at the photo shoot, she explained that there was no time for her to stay, as she had an insane amount of work to do. Before leaving, Carrie told Larissa that she did not necessarily believe she would make it big in the fashion industry. In response to that, Ms. Loughlin told her you have to “Fake it to Make it.” Essentially, once you fake something long enough, it becomes real.
I immediately thought of Baudrillard at this point. If you fake something long enough, it will become true. This idea involves all orders of simulacra. In my opinion, it evolves from first to third quite gracefully. Once one begins to think something is real, it is easy to tell the difference between the two. However, when these thoughts are constantly replacing the fake, they begin to blur towards second order simulacra. As the actions or beliefs become instinct, one can no longer tell what was fake versus real.
Towards the end of the episode, Carrie brought the files back to Bitchy Barbara who was understandably mad. Although absolutely terrified inside, Carrie held herself with confidence and poise, stating that all files were taken care of and that she even conducted extra work. She faked it to make it. I can think of multiple scenarios I have been in which called for me to do this. Even just presenting something to the class can be nerve racking, but if you make everyone else believe you are confident, are you then actually confident?