More on Boris…

Posted on April 10, 2008


Wesley has a great post over at Media Readings about Boris Johnson and his campaign to be Mayor of London.   Wesley reads Boris through Baudrillard’s theories of simulation and hyper-reality in a way that situates Boris within a hyper-real fantasy of celebrity:

“Boris then is a simulacra in that he is a simulation of so many duffers andcads from 1950’s British cinema (alchemically combined) and our understanding of him is hyper-real in that we know him through the media and only through the media. It may be time to take the red pill, or any other colour, rather than the blue.”

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