Monday, February 3, 2014

The Sim's show

            The one thing about the Truman Show that really alludes me, is the simple idea of a monitored life. Why would a general audience sit down, twenty-four/seven to watch the life and times of any ordinary dullard. The mere idea seems to me, absurd and overall unnecessary. And that is not even counting the millions, upon trillions of dollars it probably took for the whole shame to be reenacted.  I mean, there are shows that do follow the everyday life of  "ordinary" people, where the audience is given the allusion of real life, but actually is given less of a choice then Truman has in his own world. Why would anyone want to watch these things, why would we just want such simple shows. However, upon closer inspection of the movie, one could begin to see a pattern with what the audience says about the Truman show.
            The most intriguing line in the above monologue, is the simple line "nothing is fake, merely controlled."  Which generally lead me to one video, about simulacra, namely the Sims.   
           When it really comes down to it, Truman is merely a Sim. A player character in a made up world that the individuals observing the world and acting in it, can manipulate and honestly "make real." This metaphor may not be quite as accurate, but the truth still remains. Much like reality shows and The Sims, Truman is meant to display some form of "reality" to the playing audience...A constructed reality (I knew I was going to get back to the quote at some point). When looking at this video, it really all seemed to click with me. We are all just peeping toms who really don't want to go to jail.
            However, unlike the Sims and reality television, Truman is almost a hundred percent real. Everything that he does in that world is made with the belief that the world that surrounds him is genuine. Which makes every storyline that the producers or the fans want to see, that much more disturbing. No matter what, what traumatic events happened in Truman's life, was fake. It was real for Truman, but fake for the rest of the world. (By the way, I know I am saying this about a movie, but the overall facts remain). So, how this became legal in any form of reality is beyond me. However, in the end Truman, was a real man in a Sim's world. 

        

1 comment:

  1. This is a CRAZY set of sentences: "However, unlike the Sims and reality television, Truman is almost a hundred percent real. Everything that he does in that world is made with the belief that the world that surrounds him is genuine. Which makes every storyline that the producers or the fans want to see, that much more disturbing. No matter what, what traumatic events happened in Truman's life, was fake. It was real for Truman, but fake for the rest of the world. (By the way, I know I am saying this about a movie, but the overall facts remain)." Baudrillard gives you a slow clap for that!! Quite a mix of real and simulation-- all so confused, just the way we like it.

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