DON'T MISS JOE BAGEANT'S SPECIAL END-OF-YEAR ESSAY
THE SIMULACRAN REPUBLIC
- THE HOLOGRAM RIPPLES
WITH THE CRY OF THE THRUSH
"A while back it was announced that a Japanese inventor had successfully created an invisibility cloak using
a material made of thousands of tiny beads called “retro-reflectum.” I found this so amazing that I told six
friends, three men and three women, about it over the next two days. Not a one of them found it even
interesting, much less amazing. Two of the men subsequently showed mild interest when I pointed out that
it could be used to mask tanks and soldiers in combat, and one speculated on its terrorist implications.
Our techno hyper-reality has so gutted and rewired the brains of Americans that ordinary intelligent people
are not even capable of amazement at such a thing as invisibility! To me, this is an indication of a near-total
death of the individual mind and imagination caused by our over-technologized, effects glutted sensory environment . . . ."
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