Thursday, June 20, 2013

Real or Fake - Which Do You Prefer?

 In the article, "The Art of Immersion: Fear of Fiction" by Frank Rose, he claims that we do not want "authenticity":"It's what we think we want." This statement could be true or false depending on things like age, your upbringing and where you are from. I think the statement will hold true for the younger generation who gets lost in the internet,games or movies but for the older generation, I think they still hold on to strong values and want what is real and true. The older generation know that what is seen in the media is not authentic.As Rose stated, "Value is a function of scarcity, and in a time of scripted reality TV and Photoshop everywhere, authenticity is a scarce commodity." The older generation, myself included, know they are not real so accpect them for what they are, entertainmentand not beleive that it is true. Even the foods being sold are not authentic, for example the fast foods. They are unhealthy hence my reason for saying they are not authentic. To have authentic meals one has to cook it herself.
It's not that we do not want authenticity, it is that what is available is not authentic, so we have no choice but to accept the fakes we are given when we cannot do any better or do it for ourselves.
This question of being authentic was also noticed while reading H. Rider Haggard's novel, "King Solomon's Mines." After Mr Quatermain told Sir Henry and Captain Good of Jose Silvestre's story of the map leading to King Solomon's diamonds, Captain Good thought it was a story from a book he was telling them and Sir Henry thought he was lying. So not only today is authenticity questioned. It has been questioned for several centuries and I suspect it will be questioned for many more to come, as people want things in an instant and not wanting to wait or take time so the outcome in my opinion will never be authentic


  1. I like how you've compared the older generation to the newer one. How the older generation knows what's authentic and what not. But this all depends how old the generation is. Ad's and fastfood have been around for quite a few generations so this purity of society was long gone possibly about 100 years ago. We've been under the advertising/technology spell for quite a while. It's very sad how our further generations are even more sucked into this "fake" society. I disagree as to we do have choice for "authentic" but it is harder to attain. I understand your point as to we downgrade to this "unauthentic" food because its cheaper, faster, and possibly marketed as more appealing. We always have a choice though, it's just not considered mainstream to have authenticity anymore, and not everyone is lucky enough to have it. Authenticity, sadly, has become a luxury.

  2. You make a good point, Dennika, but I agree with Sofya. No, the older generation probably doesn't fall for the tricks used on the newer, but the older generation fell for similar tricks in its own time, too.

    For your future analyses, try applying the theories to the text as opposed to the characters. In other words, don't discuss authenticity within the story; analyze the story's authenticity.