Hyperreality is the inability to decipher which is real and fake in the real world. The concept comes from Jean Baudrillard and he sees consumerism hampering our ability as a culture to see the real. I accidentally found one the best examples of hyperreality when I Googled the other day for Mansa Musa.
For some context, when you search a famous person on Google the site will pull in an image of that person like so:
Pretty nice feature right? Look at the image below of the search results for Mansa Musa:
You see that? Where Google usually puts an image of the person in question they have parsed the web and found that the best image to use is from the game Civilization IV!
I wondered if the other leaders from Civ IV and the newer Civ V (leaders) suffered from the same fate, and below are other leaders that get the hyperreal treatment:
Huayna Capac (also Incan):
Hammurabi (Babylon) gets a Civ 4 screenshot only in the thumbnail of his pictures:
All the other leaders are too popular or too well documented to have Google deem a screenshot from a video game is the best image. If I’ve missed any leaders please let me know!
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