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  1. Introduction
  2. Baudrillard's view of the way meaning is constructed
  3. The different ways to approach defining a word
  4. A work of art
  5. The idea that works of art
  6. Green screens
  7. The tendency to erase the lines between image and reality
  8. A definite difference between reality and representation
  9. The purpose
  10. Conclusion

Our modern society is obsessed with the image in many different ways. The more our technology has progressed, the more we have found ways in which to create images in ways that are indiscernible from reality. Special effects in movies are defining the way that we view cinema, and televisions are built in such a way as to diminish the obviousness of watching an image on a screen. In other words, they are hoping to appear indecipherable from reality. The perfection of the image to some might be seen by some to be indicative of our progress, though there obviously are other ways to view this tendency.

[...] Baudrillard considers the cinema in specific to the loss of illusion in art. It used to be that claymation skeletons would arise from the grave to attack the hero. Upon viewing this kind of special effect, the audience was fully aware that this was simply a trick of the camera. At not point in viewing this did a person think that this did or could actually happen. The image on the screen removed the viewer from reality, and because the viewer was removed from reality, the viewer was able to imbue this image with greater meaning and significance. [...]

[...] In reference to works of art, Baudrillard discusses the terms illusion and image. To Baudrillard, the reason an image is powerful is because, when viewing it, we are aware that it is an image and not reality: closer to reality an image is, the less powerful it becomes?[1]. This is because, in part, we are able to give a piece of art our own meaning. Though we are reliant upon words to describe to ourselves how we view the meaning of an image, we still aren't reliant upon other people to develop our own thoughts on the meaning of an image. [...]

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