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In one sentence, Jean Baudrillard’s idea of hyperreality is the idea of a constructed media fantasy that is more compelling than reality — that is in fact indistinguishable from reality because it poses as reality. Lily Allen’s The Fear is an update of Madonna’s Material Girl for the Noughties.

I don’t know what’s right and what’s real any more
I don’t know how I’m meant to feel any more
When do you think it will all become clear
Because I’m being taken over by the Fear….

Forget about guns and forget ammunition
Cuz I’m killing them all on my own little mission
Now I’m not a saint but I’m not a sinner
Now everything is cool as long as I’m getting thinner

Every single image in a magazine is photoshopped, sometimes up to 20 or 30 times before publication. No one’s as beautiful as in a magazine. But because photos are considered “truthful”, it’s a more effective lie.

Sex, lies, and photoshop – NY Times video

I photoshop pictures of me. It’s a little compulsive. Sometimes it’s as simple as putting a Gaussian blur on the green layer. You know a quick trick for getting a nice black and white photo? Kill every layer except for the Red layer and save. Your skin will thank you.

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These are fascinating responses to a really big question, posed by the Templeton Foundation.

http://www.templeton.org/market/

The question, as I see it, is about the choice to be and do good. Does the free market allow that? Or does it offer a world of immoral choices that are incredibly tempting, with pressure to do the most economic thing regardless of right?