China Tries The Baudrillard Experiment

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this place is boring. Let's go to Shenzhen for local food

China spends $1B to build a clone of Hallstatt, Germany, as a kind of theme park.

Which means China just got to 1990, welcome to post modernism.   The construction of a fake world orients the people to “this is fake,” which solicits its own cognitive response: therefore everything else is real.  The problem is “everything else” is the highly manipulated economy of China, where branding substitutes for reality and psychiatry takes over for purpose.  If you want to know what China will look like in 2037, watch TV tonight.

In this fake Hallstatt China says, “look upon our infinite productivity– we’ve gone beyond the scarce resources of feudalism!” and it simplifies “Europe” to a quaint snapshot (“it’s a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.”)  America has its Chinatowns, which are thankfully filthy, serving the same purpose. But it’s where you go for “authentic” food.

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6 Responses to China Tries The Baudrillard Experiment

  1. Guy Fox says:

    1990? Try 1790, homes.

    And just like this orientalized mosque from 1770s Germany doesn’t look too much like the mosques you’d find in, say, Meknes at the time, most of Germany looks more like this. [Though Hallstatt is in Austria, it’s the same deal.]

    They’re not simulating Germany, or Europe, or anything; they’re just rendering some bull$hit postcard images in 3D. This will get worse, before it gets, uh…

  2. Forsooth says:

    Should have used the picture with the Chinese signpost.

    But if I follow you correctly, the problem is in the designation (of real/fake) itself, and all creations (replications, TV screens) that create or otherwise foster that designation are… bad? Markers of sickly air? Condoners of hypnosis?

    To which there is no answer, but if the records are proper, the middle ages did not have playhouses. Aren’t we too rich for that nonsense again?

  3. Austrian says:

    You link an article that is titled “Made in China: an Austrian village” and are still saying Hallstatt is in Germany?