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#### Angry Dragon

(36,693 posts)#### rzemanfl

(30,210 posts)#### lame54

(36,452 posts)#### Kaleva

(37,811 posts)#### MineralMan

(147,216 posts)#### johnp3907

(3,841 posts)#### rzemanfl

(30,210 posts)I hope someone else does.

#### Exotica

(1,461 posts)"The authentic fake." – Umberto Eco

which is apropos for the state of our politics, lol

#### Adrahil

(13,340 posts)Genuine Faux Leather?

#### Exotica

(1,461 posts)An early description of the way contemporary culture is now full of re-creations and themed environments was provided by Umberto Eco. In a brilliant essay, Eco saw that we create these realistic fabrications in an effort to come up with something that is better than real -- a description that is true of virtually all fiction and culture, which gives us things that are more exciting, more beautiful, more inspiring, more terrifying, and generally more interesting than what we encounter in everyday life. In his description of Disney, Eco also saw that behind the facades lurks a sales pitch. Put these ideas together and you have a succinct characterization of the age, which is forever offering us something that seems better than real in order to sell us something. That makes Umberto Eco one of the forerunners of contemporary thinking on this subject.

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#### Adrahil

(13,340 posts)#### Exotica

(1,461 posts)A film inspired by the French philosopher, Jean Baudrillard and his book Simulacra & Simulation. A man tries to escape his ordinary monotonous life. In a world of conformity, originality is always at risk of being copied.

(I found this movie collecting dust from my film school days. This film was wrote, shot, and edited in two weeks in Fall 2003)

#### Adrahil

(13,340 posts)She's a professor. A little rubs off on my now and again!

#### Exotica

(1,461 posts)#### ck4829

(35,668 posts)#### rzemanfl

(30,210 posts)#### syringis

(5,101 posts)After all, it is not a real presidency now days.

#### rzemanfl

(30,210 posts)Drumpf forces me to self-censor.

#### MineralMan

(147,216 posts)C'est une illusion.

#### syringis

(5,101 posts)Et la présidence, une DEsillusion

#### ProudLib72

(17,984 posts)#### poboy2

(2,078 posts)#### syringis

(5,101 posts)Inspired from a painting of one of our most renown artists : Rene Magritte.

#### ProudLib72

(17,984 posts)Yes, I originally went looking for Magritte's "Pipe", but I stumbled across someone's contemporary interpretation of it that seemed more appropriate.

#### syringis

(5,101 posts)You did well

The quote is very often diverted here, to point something surreal or strange.

#### CTyankee

(64,716 posts)here is my essay on this painting

The Treachery of Images: This is not a pipe.

enter that title in your search box and it will come right up for you to read.

#### syringis

(5,101 posts)Thank you, I'll read it.

In my introducing post, I remember you said being an art historian.

I also remember you were baffled by the Belgians eating waffles everywhere, at anytime. It is true.

#### NCTraveler

(30,481 posts)So hard to tell these days.

I do seem to have an issue with what you have done here....

#### rzemanfl

(30,210 posts)I seem to have brought out the Francophiles. DU has those. The Repukes have pedophiles.

#### syringis

(5,101 posts)I'm not an English native speaker. I'm from Belgium, I speak French.

Time to time, some DUers answer me in French. I hope it didn't bother you, it was not the intent.

#### rzemanfl

(30,210 posts)#### greatauntoftriplets

(176,608 posts)#### Tommy_Carcetti

(43,467 posts)#### boston bean

(36,417 posts)#### IronLionZion

(46,806 posts)it all feels surreal these days.

#### Binkie The Clown

(7,911 posts)#### rzemanfl

(30,210 posts)#### tblue37

(66,035 posts)#### rzemanfl

(30,210 posts)Response to rzemanfl (Reply #30)

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#### rzemanfl

(30,210 posts)#### syringis

(5,101 posts)...because in French slang, "une pipe" means a "blow job"...

The idiom is "tailler une pipe"

#### BoneyardDem

(1,202 posts)#### VOX

(22,976 posts)#### briv1016

(1,570 posts)#### mwooldri

(10,362 posts)I'll take a-fence at anyone who dares says otherwise.

#### rzemanfl

(30,210 posts)#### muriel_volestrangler

(102,266 posts)"Discuss politics, issues, and current events."

Please repost in The Lounge. Thanks.