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1. Describe the holographic display in Section I - Chapter 1. What does Eco suggest about holography?

Two girls are in a crouched position facing each other and touch each other in a sensual manner. They are enclosed in a kind of plastic cylinder. However, it turns out the the girls are merely a hologram presented at an exhibit in New York. Eco suggests that holography is the natural and final extension of photorealism.

2. What does Eco write of American realism in Section I - Chapter 1?

In the first thirty pages of the opening chapter, Eco is writing about the tendency in America to place a great deal of importance on realism. This is presumably to own a replica of something of great value without actually paying the kind of money that would be necessary. It has in fact commoditized several aspects of life.

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