Everything you need to understand or teach Travels in Hyper Reality by Umberto Eco.
Travels in Hyper Reality is a collection of essays written in various times and contexts by Umberto Eco, a self-defined semiologist. Semiotics is the study of the language of signs and how they are formed through language, communication, and organization. Eco takes the reader through various explorations of the different forms that these signs may take in day to day life, including behaviors, politics, artificial landscapes, and words. Eco suggests that freedom of thought arises through understanding the signs that are being employed through various agencies.
Eco spends a great deal of time in the first chapter discussing artificial landscapes, starting with a current laser/optical display of holography in New York and moving through every form of artificial landscape imaginable. He covers wax museums, modern art museums, Disneyland, restaurants and hotels. His suggestion is that all of these landscapes create a fictional reality that is often more...
Travels in Hyper Reality: Essays Lesson Plans contain 146 pages of teaching material, including: